Diesel vs. Gas engines on ZTRs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gbparn, May 4, 2011.

  1. geminibuddy

    geminibuddy LawnSite Member
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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.
     
  2. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  3. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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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.
     
  4. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
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    . . . and the JD 997 is 1900 lbs
     
  5. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 60" 997 is 1774lbs
     
  6. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.
     
  7. heather lawn sp

    heather lawn sp LawnSite Senior Member
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    well . . . fuelled and 72"
     

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