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grasshopper vs kubota ?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by wallyturcotte, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. wallyturcotte

    wallyturcotte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    i just got a call from the local farm supply dealership and i had told them to keep me in mind if a good used mower comes in.... i said im mainly looking for kubota.....well they told me they have a grasshopper zero turn outfront with a 21hp diesel kubota engine coming in on trade .... i have used many kubota mowers before and had very good luck..... the grasshopper has 2000hr on it and they want $2500 for it thats a pretty good deal compared to the kubotas i looked at.... just wondering what u guys think? should i buy it up? or wait for something else to come in ? are they any good?? anything will help...thanks
  2. Ford850

    Ford850 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    It sounds like a Grasshopper model 721D. They've made those for many years (and still do) and they are a very good mower. With that many hours it could be a recent year model used by a lco, but at that price I suspect it is many years old. Nothing wrong with that if it was cared for. Those engines are solid and all mower parts should be available even if it is older. Check out this link where they list quite a few for sale with an assortment of hours. http://www.tractorhouse.com/listing...64&PG=3&guid=17FFB93F61B14E27AD10730EB28F48ED
  3. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

  4. gorrell

    gorrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    That link doesn't work. Simply google used grasshoppers and you'll find plenty of info............Lynn
  5. Four Seasons Lawn

    Four Seasons Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    This is my first post so I need to get over and introduce myself but i've owned 2 Grasshopper 721ds. The Kubota Diesel is a solid engine and the grasshopper cuts fairly well. Just doesnt do too well when its wet. The one I have now has apx 1,750 hrs and runs better than when it was new.
  6. TimmayB4

    TimmayB4 LawnSite Member
    from OB,MS
    Messages: 56

    I use Kubota an love them started with a gas burner 48in cut runs great love it never any problem I know have a deisel 60in deck and love it even more. I would go with kubota may not have made zero turns long but kubota has been around forever and makes tough and I mean tough stuff. Love em

    If I can be of any more hel please me know
  7. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    The Grasshopper actually has a better engine than the Kubota. Kubota mowers use the Kubota "farm" engine. Grasshopper uses only Kubota "industrial" engines. The "industrial" engine is a little beefier, and is used on all sorts of heavy duty construction machinery.
    If the machine has been well cared for, it should last you many more years.
  8. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    2000 hours is pretty high, that would be a concern for me
  9. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,720

    The engine could easily be troublefree for 6000 hours. The hydro drive system should go at least 3000 hours.
    If it has the G2 hyd.trans. system, I would go for it. If it has the old Gemini tran system, I would think about it, but would check the tran. system closely to make sure they still pull good. The Gemini, if not well cared for, could be nearing the end of it's life. The G2, is just getting broken in good.
  10. wallyturcotte

    wallyturcotte LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    the mower was built in 2000 i dont know if that helps....

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