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Kubota ZG327 vs Grasshopper 329

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Todd45, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. Todd45

    Todd45 LawnSite Member
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    I'm in the market for a zero turn mower for my 5 acre residential property. I've narrowed my choices down to a Kubota ZG327 and a Grasshopper 329 with liquid cooled Kubota engine. I don't have many quality dealers near me and thus my final two choices come down to these 2 models. Both are very close to price. What is your opinion on which is the better mower for my application?
     
  2. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
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    The Lc Kubota on the GH is awesome! I have a guy running 2 of them got them in 2010. So far he has over 2000 hrs each on them. The Kubota thats on those mowers is almost identacle to the diesel models. He claims he is getting almost the same fuel mileage on them than he was his diesel. He runs the foldable rops, chevron tire upgrade, and he will prolly get them as long as they are available. Its not a popular seller for me as someone can pay just a hair more and get the full diesel version, but I push it pretty hard because of what I have heard on the units... I think GH has a much better machine than kubota, I think you will see what I mean if the dealers would let you drive them around their yards at least...
     
  3. Todd45

    Todd45 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for your reply Retrodog. If you don't mind answering, what is the approx. price difference that you sell 329 model between the GH Briggs 29HP and GH Kubota gas 29 HP?
     
  4. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would highly recommend the Grasshopper over the Kubota. Your looking at a 300-400lb lighter machine and a much simpler design with less to go wrong. The Kubota are well built machines and do have some great selling points but your gonna get a better quality machine with a better cut with the Grasshopper. I've run both decks side by side and the Grasshopper is by far superior. IMO
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  5. T Scapes

    T Scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,190

    Ive never ran grasshopper but i did run the 327's bigger diesel brother the 331 and i loved it plenty of power built like a tank. Ours had a 31hp diesel and a 72 in deck. Maintenance was easy, all the grease points were easy to get to, cuts nice, and the built in jack on the kubota is always nice just incase
     
  6. Todd45

    Todd45 LawnSite Member
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    What are your thoughts on the GH 329 with Briggs engine?
     
  7. Todd45

    Todd45 LawnSite Member
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    I decided on the Grasshopper 335. 335 was only $600 more than the 329B, so I thought it was a no brainer for the extra 6 HP. Should get it in a week or two. Can't wait. Passed on the upgraded seat, but did opt for flex forks and lights.
     
  8. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, the bigger engine will make all the difference too, I just replaced my 29hp with the 31hp, they are not making the 29 anymore apparently, amazing the difference the. 2hp made. My next one will the the 335 series.
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  9. rknight17

    rknight17 LawnSite Member
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    just wondering what kind of price you were looking at on your 329 liquid cooled. I priced a 329 GH with 72in deck with a Briggs Vanguard at $10,200 today and $850 extra to upgrade to the Grammar seat.
     
  10. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I demoed the Grammer seat and hated it. Grasshopper seats in my opinion are the most comfortable seat on the market.
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