Kubota ZD's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by upsondown, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. upsondown

    upsondown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    I'm curious to know if anyone on the forum is using Kubota ZD's ? I just took delivery of one - and they are certainly quality built - and the diesel is way worth the cost in my book. Would be interested to hear any input on it.
  2. Sam-Ohio

    Sam-Ohio LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 304

    Which model did you buy ?

    The only thing I have heard about them is that the 28 hp is very good, but the 22 hp is way under powered. The machine is pretty heavy, and the 22 hp engine is overwhelmed if mowing 60 inches and trying to go up a hill with all the weight.
  3. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Get the diesel for sure. I have run diesels since 1988 - 332 JD tractor - still have it - 5000 hrs - no problems at all - tons of torque - easy maintainance.

    Run 3 455's now.

    Thanks Brad
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Had it and got rid of it, Its what Sam said zd 21 is way under powered with the 60 inch deck.

  5. upsondown

    upsondown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    I went with the 28. I have a buddy who has 3 - 21's and couldn't be happier. Guess it all depends on the mountains we climb!
  6. pokemon

    pokemon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I have ZD 28 and I am happy with it although its built like a tank should last 10 to 20 years with proper care.

  7. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    I haven’t used the Zd’s but I loved my 4-wd Kubota Diesel. If you take care of it that engine will save you a lot of money and will last a long time. The great thing about the name brand diesels is when you want to get rid of it, their resale is very high.
  8. Brian Taylor

    Brian Taylor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I had a 21 and was impressed with the engine and the drivetrain but the deck scalped way too much. Although I didn't like the mower, I had no problem selling it for what I what I was asking.
  9. Lowes_Landscaping

    Lowes_Landscaping Guest
    Messages: 0

    I haven't heard that many complaints at all one these. We sell a ton of these at work and most of them are the ZD21's, however the 28's are awesome and are comparable to any diesel mower out there in my book. Just my 2 cents

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