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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rreyn1812, Jun 30, 2011.
I would buy a diesel trimmer if someone comes out with one
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You know, I use to say that too.
Then I compared fuel consumption between the two.
I demoed a JD Z920a 54" (IRRC) with a 27hp Kawisaki (about a 750cc twin) on "Job A".
A Toro G3 60" with a 27hp Kohler Command Pro a (about a 750cc twin) on "Job A"
The kawi will run for a long time, however it's a less efficient design and I resent having to stop and fill the tank during the day. It kills productivity.
I ended up buying the 60" G3 with the 34hp Kohler Big block. (999cc twin).
it uses on average "Job A" 1.4gph. and has power to spare making me more productive yet.
I agree, there is no way JD making another complete change in their zero turn lineup now or anytime soon. Looks like things are pretty solid so far on the 900 series. Will likely purchase one when the time comes (still on the 700 series). I do like the idea of seeing more engine options, it would help target those who prefer a different engine brand or type.
It might not even be possible to rig up a diesel on the 900 models. They might have to design a 997 look-a-like on a smaller scale. Who knows, we will just have to wait and see.
2 Yanmar engines
3 Kubota engines
Vote goes to Kubota
We can now mow 25 acres of schools a day on 1.0 gallon of gasoline
(and 10 gallons of diesel including the truck's Duramax engine)
What do you run? Sounds like over 100 grand in eqipment
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Forgot what you all where talkin about but do they need to make small fuel tanks that you can fit on your back. Then you would not have to worry about running out of fuel with your trimmer.
2 school mowing units
2005 K2500 4x4 6.6 Duramax
16 foot landscape trailer
2005 JD 997 72" 31 hp Yanmar
1993 JD M655 54" 25 hp Kohler
2nd (diesel unit)
2006 K2500 4x4 6.6 Duramax
12 foot landscape trailer
2005 JD 997 60" 31 hp Yanmar
2011 Kubota ZD221 54" 21 hp Kubota
1994 JD F725 25hp Kawisaki
2008 Kubota GF1800 18 hp Kubota
2004 Bobcat skidsteer 22.5 hp Kubota
They are smart enough to use Yanmar instead. You need to shop around if a dealer tries to sell you a Z925 for $13,000. They can be bought way under that. Heck, the JD 997 diesel 72" can be had WAY under $17,000!
They would be smarter if they had Kubota deisel engines but we all know that will never happen. I not taking anything away from yanmar i have owned one of there tracors before they are good equipment but when it comes to small deisle engines nothing is better than a Kubota deisel thats a fact and everyone who has owned anything with a Kubota deisle engine would agree.
I have shoped around and the best price i was quoted was 11700 + tax and the dealer was 125 miles away.
I did not know 997's were that cheap. My kubota zd326 was pushing 14. I got it for just shy of $12,900