Thank you for that, after all the research i’ve done, GH has been at the top of my list. I really prefer diesels over gas engines. I will let you guys know how it goes!
Honestly, I believe the best mower on the market is a 335 big block. I personally would rather a gas mower but thats just me. Grasshoppers are awesome mowers. I love my ferris as well. My three favorites are scag, grasshopper, and ferris.
You’re statement isn’t true by any means. The maintenance on my diesels has been less expensive than my gassers. Even oil changes are less expensive. I wish people who have no clue about a subject would stop commenting on things they know nothing about. The diesels last longer, burn less than half the fuel, have twice the resale value, and are easier and cheaper to maintain. Just How many diesels have you owned and operated? They way you talk so surely about your assumptions of them seems bold and arrogant to say the least. Hopefully you e owned several to justify your claims. Otherwise you’re claims are laughable.The only difference seen by a diesel engine versus a gas engine on a mower is the burning of less fuel and longevity. The upkeep is more expensive and time-consuming due to its water cooled system. When a person plans on keeping a mower until seeing 5000 hrs. turn over on the hour meter, then diesel is the way to go. There will be other components to replace, but the engine should take the higher hours.
Did you get turf or bar tread tires?Recently had a ferris 3200z but had major cutting issues and ferris decided to buy my mower back. Just picked up a new grasshopper 325d 61'' with the grammar suspension seat yesterday from the dealer. I plan on doing an ongoing review of it. So here are my first impressions of the mower after putting about 6 hours on it.
Build Quality: This mower is very well built. Everything on the mower screams quality the second you sit in the seat. Just has a very nice feel and at the same time doesn't feel too heavy. As of right now I'm very impressed but will look forward as to how the mower holds up over the next few years.
Cut Quality: Okay, I have used a few of the top brands in the industry including Scag, Toro, Exmark, Ferris, and Grasshopper. I believe this mower leaves the most manicured cut of all of the mowers mentioned above. The cut is very crisp and clean. Stripes very well. Discharge is very good when grass is dry. When wet, I have had some clumping but nothing major. Not near as much clumping as the exmark and toro I've been on. I'd say it is just in the middle between the exmark and the scag (scag being the best in wet). Overall very happy with the Duramax 61" deck so far. I also did remove a bolted in front baffle that closes the deck off much like an exmark. I will post pics of what I'm talking about later tonight.
Handling/Steering: This mower by far has the smoothest steering out of every mower I have ever been on. I have been told hustler is also very smooth but I haven't ever been on one so can't really speak on that. All I know is that the steering of this mower is silky smooth and very pleasurable to operate. Helps with turning on hills and in tight areas a lot.
Engine/Power: I know the diesel isn't broken in yet but so far has plenty of power and torque for my needs. I mostly mow weekly cuts so no need for crazy power but it is nice to have in the spring when the grass is really growing fast. So far it is very fuel efficient. In the 6 hours I have put on it, the mower has only used just over a quarter of a tank. That is a little more than half of what the 37 efi vanguard on my ferris was getting and this thing isn't even broken in yet. I can't wait to see the difference in power and fuel efficiency when the engine gets broken in.
I will update more as I get more time on the mower but just wanted to give a first impression of it. So far I am very pleased with my decision. I will post a few pics later tonight. Happy mowing everyone!