I Decided To Go With a Diesel

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I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Barnyard » Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:30 pm

Many of you will remember that not long ago I asked about the differences between a Koehler and a Kawasaki mower engine. We I decided to go with a diesel instead. The big problem was that none of the area Kubota dealers had anything in stock including gas models. As luck would have it the dealer called late Wednesday and said one had just come in and they put my name on it. Thursday morning I called and told them to get it ready. Friday I went in and signed the papers.

It is a 24.8 horse power with a 60" deck. It usually takes about 5 hours to mow everything. With this I was done in 3 hours 15 minutes. I'm happy with that. Everything is easily accessible for easy maintenance.

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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Mht » Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:07 pm

Kubota makes great Diesel engines and great mowers to boot. I currently mow with a 1989 kubota g5200 that I bought used about 18 years ago. Besides regular maintenance and a few external parts I’ve never had any issues. I think that mower will serve you well for years. You made a great choice

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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby SamsFarm » Mon Jul 19, 2021 8:48 pm

Now you can burn off road diesel while mowing the grass!

Getcha a small gravity tank and have them bring off road diesel fuel to you.
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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Mht » Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:10 pm

It’s not worth the effort unless you are using a bunch of diesel. I’ll bet that kubota won’t burn even a gallon an hour. My g5200 doesn’t even use a half gallon an hour. Even at my farm with two diesel tractors (1@50 hp and 1@25 hp) I don’t burn enough to justify a tank and keeping filters clean or paying a delivery surcharge for a couple hundred gallons a year. Most of the time I don’t even bother driving the extra distance to get off road diesel.

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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby SamsFarm » Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:25 pm

I bought off road diesel last year for $1.25 a gallon, delivered. :)

Bought extra too!

Most places up here do not charge extra if you get 150 gallons.
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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Barnyard » Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:09 pm

SamsFarm wrote:Now you can burn off road diesel while mowing the grass!

Getcha a small gravity tank and have them bring off road diesel fuel to you.

Not gonna happen.
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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Rick Spivey » Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:24 am

The wife mows our 3 acres with a 1996 Kubota B7300 and a 5 foot finish mower. I bought it at auction 2 years ago with 400 hours on it. Has a little over 500 now. 17 HP, runs great, uses maybe 1 gallon per hour. She loves it, and so do I. May be the last mowing tractor we ever need. I also have a BX23 (2005) with loader, backhoe, and 6 foot mower. It gets used for most digging chores. Love the orange!

With 3 tractors that use diesel, I have inquired about off-road fuel delivery. The only vendor I have found in my area didn't want to deliver less than 250 gallons. I doubt I use that much in a year, so for now I use 2 5-gallon cans. I wish I could find a 55 gallon drum of diesel, but no luck so far.
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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Stanton » Tue Jul 20, 2021 6:26 am

Barnyard wrote:
SamsFarm wrote:Now you can burn off road diesel while mowing the grass!

Getcha a small gravity tank and have them bring off road diesel fuel to you.

Not gonna happen.


Turning this thread back to Barnyard...Congratulations, Bill! I hope your new Kubota diesel runs well for a very long time, giving you years of good service! Enjoy!

What will you do with the 2 hours saved?!! Nap time? :)):
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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:01 am

Good lookin rig, Bill! I’ll have to play with it, next time I’m at the barnyard. As far as fuel is concerned, it’s quite expensive to get any fuel, diesel or gas, home delivered, around here. I have a 250 gal skid tank, with an electric pump, that I’ve had around for many years, used to use it for gasoline. There is a Co-op fuel center, with off road diesel, about 16 miles away. I use a couple 30 gallon plastic drums, buy 60 gallon and pump it , with a 12 pump, into the skid tank. That will run me most of the mowing season. I have 2 Kubota B6200’s, a B8200 and, of course, Cubota to use it in.

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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:22 am

Stanton wrote:
What will you do with the 2 hours saved?!! Nap time? :)):

Look for more Cubs, naturally! :D
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Re: I Decided To Go With a Diesel

Postby Super A » Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:16 am

Good looking rig! I've never heard anything bad about a Kubota diesel.

As far as fuel delivery, we get diesel fuel delivered at the farm. We're small-timers so only a 280 gal tank. I honestly don't know what the delivery charge is, if any. There's a small discount if the bill is paid in x-number of days.

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