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    Default NEED DIESEL RIDING MOWER

    HELLO ALL!

    I have gone through several gas mowers in the last 10 years and am disgusted in their performance[s]. My latest gas ZT mower had so many "safety" interlocks that i would only get it started if everything was perfect. Meanwhile my '95 JD855 starts every time i turn the key even though its been through 2 hurricanes with 100+ mph winds that drove water through the caulking in my office windows and took my roof too! Went outside right after and the 855 just started right up--and helped my clean up.

    Now i'd like to have a lawn mower that is a small diesel lawn mower to replace the MTD'S, JD'S, BADBOY'S, etc. I don't want to spend big bucks--just want a decent diesel. Something like or smaller than a boomer 1030, or kubota B1750 if that's possible.

    I tried to look at some websites but get really frustrated at the vast wastland out there.

    Please give me some suggestions.

    THANKS

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    Default Re: NEED DIESEL RIDING MOWER

    What size deck do you want?

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    Default Re: NEED DIESEL RIDING MOWER

    I need to get through a 52 inch opening.

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    Default Re: NEED DIESEL RIDING MOWER

    kubota G3200, G4200, G5200, G6200. Among the best.

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    Default Re: NEED DIESEL RIDING MOWER

    A 52" opening is the main limiting factor from what I have seen. Don't know of any current diesel mowers that will fit through a 52" space with out hanging up the chute/discharge. A lot of new garden tractors would fit but the mower decks will not, I have an x749 deere with the 48" deck that I suspect would need about 54 to 55 inches but will measure it for you to be sure. I would sure consider making the opening wider if possible as that would open up a vast array of models to choose from.

    Wolfy has suggested some older mowers that would fit through the opening that are diesel, good luck finding one in good shape.

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    Thanks Jenkinsph;

    That opening has been my nemesis ever since i had that wall/fence built. I think a 48" deck might fit if i raise the chute flap--maybe. I haven't found a diesel with a deck that small--yet!!!

    I'm gonna keep lookin.

    Thanks!

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    My x540 with an "edge 54" deck pretty much is that width I think - the chute, I removed the spring so it can be flipped up without springing back, when I was using it as side discharge. Now I have mulching blades and deck kit, no need for a flap!

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    Default Re: NEED DIESEL RIDING MOWER

    Quote Originally Posted by 855atty View Post
    Thanks Jenkinsph;

    That opening has been my nemesis ever since i had that wall/fence built. I think a 48" deck might fit if i raise the chute flap--maybe. I haven't found a diesel with a deck that small--yet!!!

    I'm gonna keep lookin.

    Thanks!


    All the deere x700 series diesels are available with a 48" deck IIRC.

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    Does Yanmar make the motors in the x700 Deeres? I've had alot of good luck with my 855 and it's just a one liter--little bit-- built like a tank. I just put 2.5 more hours on it today brushhogging.

    I just want something smaller and light enough to not worry about crushing my septiic drainfield where the grass grows best.

    Thanks everybody, I am still looking, although the kubota GR 2120 looks good. Anyone know about that one?

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    How about a 20 year old deere 455 with 48" deck? It would be a great match to your 855!

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