Which engine option for Toro?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Drivefaster35, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. Drivefaster35

    Drivefaster35 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    I'm lookin to go from John Deere zero turns to Toro this year for many reasons however can't make up my mind what engine to go with. I was able to Demo for a short time a toro 60" deck with the 23 hp kabota engine which only has about 20 hours on it (which I hear diesels dont get their full potential power tell about 50 hours). It was slightly less as powerful as my deere which is also 60" with a liquid cooled 27 hp engine. Now i'f I went diesel which I want to do because of fuel efficency and being able to use off road diesel I woiuld deffinitly buy the 25 hp Kabota or 27 hp dajatsu or however u spell it. Now the question is which diesel option do I go with I hear the kabota is much better however is the 29hp dfi Kawasaki engine better I don';t know what to do I will be running a bagging system so I figured the extra torque would be nice any thoughts or advice?
     
  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    id say 27 horse diesel
     
  3. Drivefaster35

    Drivefaster35 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    have U ever used it?
     
  4. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    i demod one and loved it, if it wasnt for the weight i would of bought it.
     
  5. Drivefaster35

    Drivefaster35 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    That was also a concern of mine I would save 200 lbs by going from the 27 hp Daihatsu to the 25 hp Kabota any other thoughts?
     
  6. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Consensus on here is that the Kubota is the better engine.
     
  7. WREBELMACHINE

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How do you figure the 25 kubota is 200lbs lighter than the dihatsu? I have two dihatsu machines and they are great! As far a kubota being better it to me is very debatable! at nearly 2000hrs of flawless running!
     
  8. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
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    The Toro groundsmaster 7210 has either a Kubota 28hp or 35hp(turbo)diesel powering a 60" or 72" deck. Looks to be an awesome machine. I've got 3 Kubota 28hp diesels in Steiners and they use .75gph or less consistently.............Lynn
     
  9. WREBELMACHINE

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I just went to briggs web site the 27hp dihatsu weighs 185lbs! I do not know who gave you the info about kubota being 200lbs lighter but they need be updated on there info!
     
  10. Drivefaster35

    Drivefaster35 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 367

    In toros Catalog the 60" 25 hp kabota weighs 1443 lbs and the 60" with dihatsu is 1644 lbs
     

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