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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wellington123, Mar 26, 2012.
Nice choice. You won't be disappointed.
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Everything I've seen is that a diesel vs. a large gas (26hp or above) is that diesel usage is about half per hr. It's usually about a gallon an hr for diesel and 2 gallons an hr for gas. YMMV
I agree with OmegaRed, we have 2 John deere 997's and three walker diesel's. After overcoming the fact that they are liquid cooled and need a radiator to maintain, they consume about half of the fuel. This is true under any type of load condition. After switching our Walkers over to diesel we have seen an increase in production and less fuel consumption/downtime. I have made the suggestion that the rest of our gas fleet be phased out and replaced by diesel mowers in the future. Larger cost up front but lower operating cost over the life of the mower.
You'd definitely need to know your going to love the mower and commit to keeping it probably a minimum of 1500-2000 hrs to make up the difference of the upfront cost. If a guy was switching out mowers every 2000 hrs I'm guessing it wouldn't pay to go diesel.
With our mowers one man operates one mower. That mower is his so if anything is wrong or doesn't feel right he will know right off. Our guys love the diesels and they said after running them there is no comparison. With that said it is true you have to commit to that mower for a longer time frame because of the additional cost. We have about a four year turn around with our Walkers which comes out to 2,000 to 2,250 hours.
My Scag is laying "dead in the water" after spending 2 years in the shop almost every week.
I bought a Bad Boy 60" yesterday, and let me tell you... that is a Mowin' Jesse!!! WOW! Amazing!
No tire marks, no overlap required, SUPER FAST, gas gauge for fuel. I mowed our 2 front yards in 20 minutes (used to take 1-1/2 hours for both on the Scag).
I am REALLY IMPRESSED with the Bad Boy!
Wow, that's five times faster. When did they start putting V8s in the Bad Boys.
Apparently, very recently. The speed and mow deck are AMAZING!!! And I forgot to mention this earlier, but my 60" BAD BOY was half the price of my 48" Scag. I am SO impressed...
Well, well, well... Guess what? I posted two posts to this thread this morning, and I just got a PERSONAL PHONE CALL from someone at Scag wanting to argue with me. Imagine that!
I still stand behind my posts about the superior quality of the Bad Boy vs. the quality of the Scag.
I won't buy another Scag.
How do you like that, Mike?