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Old 11-22-2013, 09:41 AM
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Is start and stop a diesel engine bad???
meaning for those small lawns.
One of the advantages of diesels are they do well in hot brutal conditions.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:49 AM
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After my father brought home a 74in CAT powered Dixie Chopper I decided my next mower was going to be a Gravely 472 Diesel.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:52 AM
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The reason I ask is because I keep reading post about it, the first time I heard I thought BS but after reading a lot of post I got that feeling because I have always been a fan of Diesel engines.. I want a 48" Diesel so bad!
UPS trucks start and stop all day long and the one I was on had just shy of 500,000 miles on it. What 48'' mower are you looking at?
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:53 AM
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UPS trucks start and stop all day long and the one I was on had just shy of 500,000 miles on it. What 48'' mower are you looking at?
think kubota is the only one with a 48
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:47 PM
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Grasshopper 321D 48"
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Old 11-22-2013, 01:50 PM
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didn't know they had one that small
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:00 PM
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The only thing I don't like about it are the wheels. The pictures on their website is the 52" model
Here is a pic of the 48" model http://www.government-fleet.com/chan...or-mowers.aspx
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Old 09-02-2014, 03:09 PM
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I have a John Deere 757 I bought new in 2005. it has been a great mower until it bent a couple pushrods. The exhaust valve guide came out and well it doesn't look so good now. I am going to drop a new engine in it. I have the bagger, etc - engine is cheap compared to a new mower.

I am thinking of adding a JD 997. Are they out of date? I can't believe JD still makes them. I like the thought of that Yanmar diesel - they go for ever.

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Old 09-02-2014, 03:46 PM
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I have a John Deere 757 I bought new in 2005. it has been a great mower until it bent a couple pushrods. The exhaust valve guide came out and well it doesn't look so good now. I am going to drop a new engine in it. I have the bagger, etc - engine is cheap compared to a new mower.

I am thinking of adding a JD 997. Are they out of date? I can't believe JD still makes them. I like the thought of that Yanmar diesel - they go for ever.

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Out of date? Diesels make conventional mowers look like they are from the stone age.
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:40 AM
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The last diesel mowers I had were a) scag sabertooth tiger (which I think out weighed the m-1 abrams by 6 pounds) and a Magnum III (which is basically an STHM with a diesel engine)

Both of them tanks.

Getting fuel for them was a PIA. Not a lot of diesel stations in southern connecticut if you aren't along I95.

One of the things I can say for a diesel fleet of mowers is, I tend to see less employee fuel theft.
Not too many employees have a diesel vehicle (that may be different in canada?)
Sure a guy or too may have a diesel pick up, but pretty infrequent.
you still have gas for small engines, but it's small quantities.
If 5 gallons is missing from a rig into someone gas tank you notice that quickly.

Personally, if I was going to outfit a fleet with other than gas engines, Id be really intrigued into looking into propane.
I really like the idea of it.

I think, within the next five years. I'll likely have a propane mower fleet.
hope they have trimmers and backpacks out by then that are propane powered.
Id be stoked to use that stuff.
Out of fuel? twist on another can.
Refuelling station right in your own yard, with a rack of cans ready to go?

Hungry, run a bbq for lunch off your mower!
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