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    Default Who made the best diesel mowers 15 years ago?.

    Looking at getting an older diesel mower. Our neighbor has a JD 455 and it's well built. What were the best back then and who even made them? JD, kubota, cub...

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    Elite Member Xfaxman's Avatar
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    Default Re: Who made the best diesel mowers 15 years ago?.

    This one is 18 years old, TORO Groundsmaster 325D, 4 wheel drive, 3 cylinder 25hp Mitsubishi diesel, 6' side discharge deck.
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    There are a lot of them on eBay and craigslist, when searching, also use groundmaster, ground master and grounds master.

    The traction unit that I put the loader on is 24 years old and still going strong.
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    Default Re: Who made the best diesel mowers 15 years ago?.

    Stiga made a Park model with a Lombardini diesel-a9782c6b-2aec-4d3f-bc49-b74f967b47c9_0x0

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    Platinum Member AaronS's Avatar
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    Default Re: Who made the best diesel mowers 15 years ago?.

    My dad still mows 4 acres every week with his JD 455 and it's been a great machine. I'd think both JD and kubota would still be going strong if they were taken care of.
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    Super Member Gary Fowler's Avatar
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    Default Re: Who made the best diesel mowers 15 years ago?.

    Lots of good power units and just about any diesel with less than 2000 hours or so would be good if serviced properly but a 15 year old deck is likely in bad shape regardless of how well it was taken care of. New decks aren't cheap either. I had a JD 332 diesel (1984)and the deck was pretty worn out. I had to do a lot of patching of rusted out spots around the spindles to keep from spending the $1200 for a new stamped deck (deck only- no spindles or other hardware)
    2010 LS P-7010C 20F/20R gear tractor & FEL, 2009 Kubota B 26 TLB, RTV 900 Kubota,17 foot Lund boat with 70HP motor, 2012-20 ft 12k GVW trailer, 2011- 52" Craftsman ZTR mower, 2013 Ferris Zero Turn, 3 weed whackers, pressure washer, leaf blowers, 7 foot bush hog, 8 foot landscape rake , 8 foot 3 PH disc, 2 row cultivator, 350 amp Miller AC/DC welding machine and all the tools needed to keep them all repaired and running.

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    Default Re: Who made the best diesel mowers 15 years ago?.

    I think you can beat kubota - I still mow with my G3200 Kubota every week. It is a 83 model. We retired it for 4 years when I bought the first (cheap) ZTR. After 4 years the ZTR was wore to a numb, so I swap the battery warmed it up and it started in true Kubota style. Last month I bought a new Kubota ZTR but will still mow the sloped banks of our 3 ponds and the 3/8 mile of sloped road ditch. The Little has around 3000 hours on it.
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