Diesel Mowers

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Fwilamosky, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    I haven't seen many but I have seen a few LCOs running diesel ztrs, and I'm wondering if they are worth the long term life or better gph?
  2. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    I don't have a z turn because of the initial cost of the machine, that be said I do have a JD 2305 that we mow in big areas with. The power is great and we can use the thing in the winter to push snow in the winter.
  3. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,755

    diesel mowers sip fuel at a minimum, I've heard that the new fuel injected engines can compete, but don't know if that's true. I've got a Kubota bx2360 and it'll go all day.
  4. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 263

    There is still no comparison we can run the 2305 all week on less than 5 gallons, and that same 5 gallons only get me two days with the z.
  5. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 485

    Finally a question on here that I can answer with 100 % certainty. I got my first diesel mower last year and my second one this year. If my gasoline mowers weren't a stander and a walk behind they would be outta here. My gasoline 60" 22 horse kohler will burn three to five gallons a day on my schedule. My 60" 18 horse or the 21 horse diesel mower will go two weeks on the same lawns on its five gallon tank. Thats with 2500+ hours on the diesels too. Now I can't speak on the fuel injection gas engines. I even bout a diesel truck after I seen how much I was saving in fuel with the mower.
  6. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 855

    No ethanol issues either. They burn less fuel, no ignitor coils to go bad, no spark plugs, just better overall. Just keep up with oil and fuel filter changes. Thats it. I got 3 of them, never go back to gas.
  7. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    yeah i'm thinking my next ztr will be a diesel but i will make sure to demo one first and see if everything is true about them
  8. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    I have seen a few diesel ztr's and they are pretty fuel efficient from what I've heard but they only do well in wide open area I was told. I may be wrong about that but thats what I was told.

    Now if they could make a 36in diesel walk behind that does well for 15 to 30 min lawns I'd totally buy one!
  9. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    We have 6 diesel mowers, we have almost completely phased out gas mowers. Longer lifespan, more torque, fuel economy... what doesn't a diesel do better than gas?
  10. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    I bought a 3500 72'' Dixie Chopper with a 35hp yanmar Diesel.
    Side by side to my 28EFI 60'' There wasn't much difference between the 2 .
    Now compare it to my 33hp carb huge difference.
    I bought it at a auction and very good price.
    I used it few times but doesn't cut like a gas.
    It has lots of torque but no rpm like a gas engine.
    I sold it bought another 3372.
    I double my money on it and I was tired listening to the d___ thing.

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