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Anyone Operate Both Diesel and Gas ZTR?

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I currently have 2 Toro 52" diesels I am selling. I love the diesel and have seen the benefits that others are scarred to try them out or just don't want to fork out the extra amount. I am selling a) because I want 60" decks b) the diesels are much heavier and if it rained over night, your not getting out at 7am to start mowing, gotta wait until about 8ish until the sun gets above the trees because the diesel will just flatten the grass to the ground and when the ground is soft like that they will tear the turf up.

I am planning on buying (2) Toro G3 60" with 29hp kawi engines. The reason I am selling the mowers is because I was new into the business and didn't think I needed a 60" so I bought the 52's with no ZTR experience.

I am THINKING of buying 1 G3 60" and 1 diesel 60". I only have problems with the diesels when these few instances occur due to weight. There are accounts where the diesel and the torque come in handy, and ofcourse it uses 75% less fuel.

So I know I am switching to atleast (1) gas model, but any one run a setup with both gas and diesel for these purposes? Did it work out?
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I paid 10,500 for each mower and got 1,000 worth of free upgrades, suspension seats etc. My dealer gave me a steal of a deal on them right before the price hike the end of 08. The mowers have about 100 hours each on them, and I have kept them clean and they look brand new. Price of these mowers are now 13-14k new. He said there are a lot of small guys that come in the showroom just browsing and use a variety of equipment bargain shopping. He knows I'm going to buy 2 new mowers so he said put a new ad on craigslist and say the mower can be seen at " " (dealers name) he said here recently he has helped a few guys sell some equipment so they can get new stuff who had no luck and when they re-list as can be seen at " " they have had huge success.

The 52" I have no deck overhang, the diesel you have to run the 24x12 tires which goes about an inch wider than the deck. I'm not a fan of the appearance on the lawn because of no deck over hang. I have demoed a 60 a few times and love the smoother appearance and going around gardens etc is much easier with the overhang.

My thoughts on diesel, I love the torque with minimal bogging down. There are fuel savings but we started doing much more installs last year and cut out the PITA customers so as you see not putting the hours on the machines to see the difference, plus for a 30% or more higher price. I owe 10k on the two current mowers, when these sell, have 18k cash, pay off the remaining amount, buy 2 G3's at 10 each and put them on the account on 0% interest and keep the 8k cash to put towards a much needed truck.
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