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toro dingo 320d opinions

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by fishmansa, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. fishmansa

    fishmansa LawnSite Member
    from texas
    Messages: 12


    I wanted to see if anyone can chime in on a dingo 320d performance. Since it's a kubota 20hp diesel engine i figure it has a decent amount of power and lift capacity. Does counter weight help quite a bit?

    I was holding out for a DW650 but a potential deal came up for a used dingo.
    It runs good but the engine smokes a little upon start up, is this a potentially bad sign of the motor going out eventually....It has 2000hrs.

  2. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    I don't believe you can have enough counterweight! More weight usually means more lifting and more stability. Needless to say- get it!

    On the smoke- it can be normal. How long does it last? Just a puff?

    Pull off the oil cap and cover with a paper towel and start and let it run a minute, is there a ton of oil spraying up? Does it run differently when you put the cap back?
  3. fishmansa

    fishmansa LawnSite Member
    from texas
    Messages: 12

    Yeah just a puff upon start-up...I didn't want to make the purchase and then have to immediately have the engine go out.

    From all the reviews the small Kubota diesels are great motors with few problems.
  4. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    Motors good!

    Only thing to consider is wheels vs tracks. Do a search ;) if your plans match the capability you will be doing good!
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,232

    Wish I could justify trading my chain drive gasser for a 320-D 4 paws.
  6. AEL

    AEL LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,724

    Little puff of smoke on start up is normal. All my machines with kubota motors do. As long as after the initial puff it clears your fine.
  7. fishmansa

    fishmansa LawnSite Member
    from texas
    Messages: 12

    Thanks for the feed back...

    It also smokes a little when the throttle is is increased to higher but stops after awhile.
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,232

    What color is the smoke?

    Black--unburned fuel, not a big deal
    Whitish--too much air, not enough fuel
    Blue--I don't remember lol, but that's the worst case

    The first 2 overall are not a big deal with that many hours and can probably just be fixed with some adjustments to the fuel system. But I wouldn't be too concerned.
  9. Cornell

    Cornell LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 544

    Smoke at startup for a diesel is normal, even blue smoke on pre-tier 3 and tier 4 emissions.

    Reason is diesels are awfully inefficient on cold startups until they get up to operating temperature.

    Blue smoke means you are burning oil so monitor that. My 2007 Duramaxs have a little blue smoke at start up. One is at 46k miles and the other 110k, but I have deleted the grid heaters and EGR's on both.

    Black smoke is partially burned diesel.

    White smoke is unburned diesel, usually an injector issue.

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