Exmark Diesel Mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ghunter502, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. ghunter502

    ghunter502 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
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    I am considering switching all of my exmark ZTR's over to diesel machines not sure if there are some of you out there that are running exmark's that are diesel. I am looking for the pros and cons of the diesel over gas? Thanks
     
  2. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
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  3. ghunter502

    ghunter502 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
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    Thanks actually looked at this today have had a grasshopper demo mower for 3 days now just wanted to compare the exmark to the grasshopper.
     
  4. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    If I was you I think I'd do an internet search on "diesel engines versus gas engines" and start reading. There will be plenty info to keep you busy for a while! You can also vary the search and read more.
     
  5. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
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    25 or 30hp?
     
  6. ghunter502

    ghunter502 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
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    25 hp grasshopper and a 30hp grasshopper would proably be a 25hp exmark 60"
     
  7. ghunter502

    ghunter502 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
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    I have been reading alot just trying to find out from some people who have owned exmark diesels to find out their opinions other than a website.

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  8. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
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    Oh, ok. I thought you were just asking about the basic differences (pros and cons) of diesel versus gas engines.
    Stan
     
  9. KRookey

    KRookey LawnSite Member
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    I own several Exmark's and also have the sister mower to Exmark. I have a Toro Z-Master diesel 60" with a 23hp Kubota. I can't give a 100% accurate scope on the exmark diesel, but I own and have owned lazer z's and have many of exmark walk-behinds. As far as the diesel goes compared to cons, I will give my humble opinion for what its worth. Diesel advantages--Fuel efficiency, torque, heavy-duty, resale value, reduced downtime due to heavy-duty design, diesel engine life typically much longer. Diesel disadvantages--Upfront costs compared to gasoline powered units, diesel now costs more per gallon than regular gas, parts are more expensive, parts are typically harder to get because many dealers do not stock as many diesel parts, lack of qualified mechanics of diesel engines. Hope this helps. Would I buy another diesel--absolutely, but....given the excellent build quality of many gasoline commercial engines, it would definately be a difficult choice.
     
  10. DieselHolic

    DieselHolic LawnSite Senior Member
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    Kubota, nuff said. no but really, fuel savings, power, reliability and longevity.
     

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