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Kubota or Gravely Commercial???

Discussion in 'Tractors' 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. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,675

    If it's the Gravely 252 then it's a great machine, the smaller 152 is ok but I like the tougher 252 w/ a bigger frame, pumps, & motors. Kubota's are nice machines but there is no way I'd spend an extra $4K. Gravely's are the most popular Z's here and after buying my first one, they are all I will ever buy from now on.
  3. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,279

    Kubota quality is the best there is in the cut market, you need to research their mowers a little more & get the facts. I cant say their ztr's are great as i dont know, however they, dont build anything thats junk, and their diesels are a proven engine.
  4. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,695

    Both have their share of problems. Just search this site for Zd 18's and 21's with tranny problems if you're thinking of buying a Kubota. As far as Gravelys go, I had one for 10 years, had nothing but problems with all of it. Used 3 different dealers, got nothing but excuses from all of 'em. Since I got my Dixie Chopper, all that changed. Just my 2 cents!:waving: :waving:
  5. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,034

    Kubota 331.

  6. mouse

    mouse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 98

    In 07 Kubota did a complete upgrade on there tranmissions so if you are looking at a new one don't be concerned about the older pre 07 tranny problems. I have a 07 331 kubota that has been trouble free except for a couple of wires coming out of their connectors it now has about 215 hrs on
    it. I am also very interested in the gravely product since I just found out today that we will have a new dealer very close to me (about 10 minutes) compared to my kubota dealer about an hour.
  7. mchildress

    mchildress LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    07 Kubota zd 326 and no problems.
  8. pro-mow

    pro-mow LawnSite Member
    from n.c.
    Posts: 12

    :walking: Love my kubota zd pro and the money saved on gas makes up for the extra price the diesel is great on fuel uses have the gas

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