Diesel Mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LandscapemanFL, May 21, 2008.

  1. LandscapemanFL

    LandscapemanFL LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    I am looking into a new mower and I was interested in a diesel. But now with rising costs, is it worth it? What is the best in a 52in.?
     
  2. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,416

    I think you have answered you own question. What would the benefit be for you. The only way I would buy a diesel mower would be to burn grease oil and I dont know if thats possible with smaller engines. They are heavier, they cost more to fix and you could be paying 6.50-7.50 within less than a year.
     
  3. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 346

    We recently purchased our first diesel mower
    (a Grasshopper 722D with Kubota D902 engine).

    So far its been consuming about a half gallon per hour, thats roughly half the gallonage that our comparable gas mowers consume, so even though diesel costs a little more there is still significant savings on fuel cost.

    Also, Kubota liquid cooled engines are extremely reliable and we've had them provide in excess of six thousand hours of service when properly maintained.

    I think a diesel mower can be a good investment in your business, especially if you can find a lightly used one in good condition.

    Bob
    Lehighlawnpros
     
  4. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    DFI-costs a lot less and just as fuel efficient at $.70/gallon less-not a tough decision.
     
  5. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    I'm not sure anyone makes a 52" diesel. Most diesels have decks that are 60" and larger.
     
  6. Lehighlawnpros

    Lehighlawnpros LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 346

    Our Grasshopper outfront is 52" and has the excellent "powerfold" feature :)

    Bob
    Lehighlawnpros
     
  7. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    Toro, Grasshopper, and Everride make one that I know of.
     
  8. zbo2

    zbo2 LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Posts: 1

    grasshopper 321D
     

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