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Old 05-20-2011, 10:37 AM
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Diesel Kubota

If looking- remember there is a weight difference- my Kubota ZD60 cuts like crazeee and it does have more torque and sips fuel. The only downside is that if I were mowing small yards I would have trouble with the size/weight of it (#1300lb machine only)- But as for "knocking it down" I mow 3 acre lot of bermuda in 1.5 hours including edging/trimming/blowing that I have seen other mower take 2-3 hours and bogging. Mine is a great piece of equipment. One decision for me is the dealer/service is less than 2 miles away and I have access to diesel also.
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:40 AM
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If looking- remember there is a weight difference- my Kubota ZD60 cuts like crazeee and it does have more torque and sips fuel. The only downside is that if I were mowing small yards I would have trouble with the size/weight of it (#1300lb machine only)- But as for "knocking it down" I mow 3 acre lot of bermuda in 1.5 hours including edging/trimming/blowing that I have seen other mower take 2-3 hours and bogging. Mine is a great piece of equipment. One decision for me is the dealer/service is less than 2 miles away and I have access to diesel also.
Exactly

We cut 50 schools a week with Z Turns. It's not a 'small time' machine. You have to pile on the hours to make it pay for the extra cost of the diesel engine over the gas engine.
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:55 PM
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The only downside is that if I were mowing small yards I would have trouble with the size/weight of it (#1300lb machine only)
The ZD326 is a 1700lb machine!

Considering most gas 60" class ZTR's are 12xxlb machines, that is a LOT of extra weight. Not something you really want to be using on residential lots.
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:46 PM
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The ZD326 is a 1700lb machine!

Considering most gas 60" class ZTR's are 12xxlb machines, that is a LOT of extra weight. Not something you really want to be using on residential lots.
. . . and the JD 997 is 1900 lbs
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The 60" 997 is 1774lbs
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:02 AM
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The ZD326 is a 1700lb machine!

Considering most gas 60" class ZTR's are 12xxlb machines, that is a LOT of extra weight. Not something you really want to be using on residential lots.
We mostly cut residential...but the lots are large. 30K sq/ft lawns are not unusual. A small lawn around here is still over 10K sq ft (actual lawn area). The minimum lot size in my town is 2 acres.

The weight issue would concern me in the spring, when the ground is soft after the thaw and spring rain.
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. . . and the JD 997 is 1900 lbs
well . . . fuelled and 72"
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