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Old 09-06-2012, 04:28 PM
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Diesel Mowers

I haven't seen many but I have seen a few LCOs running diesel ztrs, and I'm wondering if they are worth the long term life or better gph?
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:51 PM
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I don't have a z turn because of the initial cost of the machine, that be said I do have a JD 2305 that we mow in big areas with. The power is great and we can use the thing in the winter to push snow in the winter.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:58 PM
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diesel mowers sip fuel at a minimum, I've heard that the new fuel injected engines can compete, but don't know if that's true. I've got a Kubota bx2360 and it'll go all day.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:10 PM
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diesel mowers sip fuel at a minimum, I've heard that the new fuel injected engines can compete, but don't know if that's true. I've got a Kubota bx2360 and it'll go all day.
There is still no comparison we can run the 2305 all week on less than 5 gallons, and that same 5 gallons only get me two days with the z.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:32 PM
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Finally a question on here that I can answer with 100 % certainty. I got my first diesel mower last year and my second one this year. If my gasoline mowers weren't a stander and a walk behind they would be outta here. My gasoline 60" 22 horse kohler will burn three to five gallons a day on my schedule. My 60" 18 horse or the 21 horse diesel mower will go two weeks on the same lawns on its five gallon tank. Thats with 2500+ hours on the diesels too. Now I can't speak on the fuel injection gas engines. I even bout a diesel truck after I seen how much I was saving in fuel with the mower.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:45 AM
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No ethanol issues either. They burn less fuel, no ignitor coils to go bad, no spark plugs, just better overall. Just keep up with oil and fuel filter changes. Thats it. I got 3 of them, never go back to gas.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:14 PM
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yeah i'm thinking my next ztr will be a diesel but i will make sure to demo one first and see if everything is true about them
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:53 PM
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I have seen a few diesel ztr's and they are pretty fuel efficient from what I've heard but they only do well in wide open area I was told. I may be wrong about that but thats what I was told.

Now if they could make a 36in diesel walk behind that does well for 15 to 30 min lawns I'd totally buy one!
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:59 PM
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We have 6 diesel mowers, we have almost completely phased out gas mowers. Longer lifespan, more torque, fuel economy... what doesn't a diesel do better than gas?
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:54 PM
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I bought a 3500 72'' Dixie Chopper with a 35hp yanmar Diesel.
Side by side to my 28EFI 60'' There wasn't much difference between the 2 .
Now compare it to my 33hp carb huge difference.
I bought it at a auction and very good price.
I used it few times but doesn't cut like a gas.
It has lots of torque but no rpm like a gas engine.
I sold it bought another 3372.
I double my money on it and I was tired listening to the d___ thing.
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