Gas or Diesel

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newblade, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. newblade

    newblade LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    Are there really any fuel savings between the two when diesel is usually .30 higher than gasoline?;)
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    There used to be when diesel was like $1.00 or more less per gallon. And the fact that diesel engines predominatly use less fuel per hour. Now the only good (and last) thing about diesels are their longevity. BTW, diesels are more expensive to repair too.

    I'v had both in the last 14 years of doing this full time.
  3. Mowman16

    Mowman16 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Good advice Rod,
    Diesel is allot heaver too.
  4. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,410

    I went to all diesel trucks and would never use gas again. Much better fuel economy and run great all the time. Be sure to change oil regularly and they cant be beat
  5. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Rod, Rod, Rod................"Only good thing"?

    Let's see - HIGH Torque - gas does not compare to diesel.
    Durability - I don't see any gas-powered Peterbilts.

    They hardly ever break internally.

  6. scagtiger

    scagtiger LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 173

    Cant beat a diesel...

    im gettin 16-19 mpg outta my cummins..

    and they last forever
  7. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    hello, reliability

    kohler horizontal v twin
    blown head gasket
    stator windings failedx1
    ignition coils x2 failed
    inlet manifold leaks vacumn twice
    very small sump capacity causing hot oil in warm/hot conditions
    most of the engine u cannot recondition

    diahatsu non turbo 950 cc diesel
    no problems to date

    Take into account down time, cost of spares 4 gasers and the higher production/reliability of a diesel and it really is a easy choice

  8. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    hello ,there are a few mowers with diesel that r equal to or lighter than the gasers .

  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    true, but I don't see any diesel powered WB's either?
  10. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    hello , at least in mowers an efi gaser compared to a 3cylinder diesel is about the same when comparing parts etc If u r paying to much 4 diesel parts 4 mowers u need to shop around .

    The retailers do look at diesels as a money maker .


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