Kubota ZD / ZG Opinions

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by somewacko2, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. somewacko2

    somewacko2 Banned
    from PA
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    I have seen very little on this site about the Kubota ZD/ZG mowers. I had the oppertinuity to drive one today and I was extremely impressed. The build quality is excellent and they have a neat feature that you can lift the front of the mower for service without any tools or jacks. It drove like a BMW, the hydro was silky smooth.

    My only other real experience was with ferris and grasshopper / woods. Anyone with exmark / scag experience use on of these?
     
  2. Ursushorribilus

    Ursushorribilus LawnSite Member
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    I too would like to hear some experienced input on Kubota. You're right, there's very little about them on the site - and as I have a dealer just up the street I would welcome the voices of experience. Anyone...?
     
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some people on here have them. Personally I've been hoping someone would volunteer some feedback on how that new "Pro Deck" is performing in the field.

    As for the ZD / ZG thing. The more I think about it, the more I convince myself that we are all foolish for not running diesel mowers. I mean, what IS the down side to running diesels? I can't seem to find one.

    On occasion I've been eyeballing some 60" mowers and getting the old wheels turning in the event that I land 2 or 3 of these acreage bids I've got pending. Right now, the ZD 21 with the 60" Pro Deck is almost $2,000 cheaper than the old stamped deck was last year. Now the sticker is $9,200 on them here.
     
  4. upsondown

    upsondown LawnSite Senior Member
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    We now have both the 21's and 28's and love them. The new decks are totally awesome. I'm a real lover of diesel - and Kubota does it right. We don't have many accounts that are real hilly - but if you do - I'd suggest the 28 for the added power - but in almost any situation the 21 will be more than sufficient - keep in mind you are talking about the power of a diesel - not a gasser. Major difference - IMO. Hope this helps.
    Dave
     
  5. Craftybigdog

    Craftybigdog LawnSite Senior Member
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    I just bought a ZD-28 with a 60in prodeck about 2 wks ago and all I can say is that it is the best built mower I have ever used. I demoed everything and I really like this one.
     
  6. CELS

    CELS LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 50

    Do you ZD-28 owners find that those mowers are too heavy to run on a residential yard?
     
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    See now... Why is it that even though this area is hilly, the dealers only stock the ZD21. I think the only ZD28's I've ever seen were 72" cut. Same deal with the Grasshopper with the Kubota diesel. Plenty of 321D/61's and no 428D/61's.

    As for the ZD28 weight.... it weighs what? Maybe 1500 lbs? Yeah it's heavy, but not really all that much heavier than the average gasser.
     
  8. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you have a res. lawn big enough to run a 60 inch mower on, its no different than a commercial lawn. I personally wouldnt put my 60 on any thing smaller than 1/2 acre res. lot.
     
  9. YardMeister

    YardMeister LawnSite Member
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    Can you get a grass catcher / bagger for the Kubota? I've not found any available for that brand of Z.
     
  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, Kubota has an OEM catcher. A pretty nice one too.
     

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