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Kubota or Gravely Commercial???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Lawnamus, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. Lawnamus

    Lawnamus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Just wanted some feedback. I've got 3 Ex-mark's ('99,01,04) and have become very unhappy with the make of the product ---gotten cheaper by the year. Got in a jam and bought 2 Z-Two's from Lesco...figured I would give them a chance...they are close to shop, and I was tired of driving to BFE to get parts.

    Needless to say, I now need to make a decision of buying a Kubota 54" (diesel or gas) or a Gravely commercial 52" of 2006... The price difference is $4000. While I do not mind paying up front for the long term durability, I was just wondering if its worth the 4K.

    I have heard that the Gravely's blow spindles often, however; the servicing dealer is outstanding. Engines are neglible at this point because I am more concerned about the build of the unit and again its durability. I don't even get to the engine durability stage with the crap that I have bought lately.

    One side note, I talked to the Kubota dealer and he said if fI buy one its $10,100. I said what about 2 units and he said $9500 each.

    All opinions and insights welcome and thanks in advance.
  2. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 690

    If you are happy with the dealer of Kubota go with Kubota. Go Diesel and you should be happy.
  3. puddin' pie

    puddin' pie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    i own three gravelys love them, all have xl spindles never had a problem
  4. kpc007

    kpc007 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I just bought the Kubota ZD326P and man is this thing a grass eating machine. I have some 30 degree slopes with 4 ft field grass and it went through it like a hot knife through butter. I ran it at half throttle for a breakin. Actually, the breakin period is more for me than the machine...:rolleyes: . Not used to that much power cuttin grass. This machine is impressive.

    I had demos of Exmark, Grasshopper, and Scag, at my property, but they can't hold a candle to this heavyweight (almost 1800 lbs) for sticking power, quality of cut, and raw guts. One pass through that hilly field sold me. Get a demo. You will be surprised!!
  5. Fatheroftwo

    Fatheroftwo LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    I've got a ZD 28/60 with 800 or so hours. Great cut, very strong. One problem---fuel pumps. Otherwise I'd buy the Kubota, if it can stand what my employees put it thru it can stand anything. :usflag:
  6. kpc007

    kpc007 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    You had to replace the fuel pump? Is it costly?

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