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    I am looking at a zero turn to have a deciated mower. Looking at replacing my 72'' LANDPRIDE gromming mower. I would like to have a 997 but whew 21,000. would love to have diesel to go with the 1025R. The main reason i want to replace it is at my age its hard to get up on my 1020, its 50yrs old, the mower is 26 years old, well maqnitained and no real service problems. it mows great just want someting new. Right now seriously looking at 930R with deluxe seat and Tweel wheels. The Tweel wheels intrigue my because they have more traction. I have some hillside. I have also looked at the Kubota line they have some diesil's more in line what i want to spend. I realize their decks aren't has strong but i do like they are shaft driven. I am thinking about a rear discharge deck. I have heard the Kubotas with the new low profile tires have had trouble with flats. Sorry just kind of rambling but I am looking for any input. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifterbike View Post
    I am looking at a zero turn to have a deciated mower. Looking at replacing my 72'' LANDPRIDE gromming mower. I would like to have a 997 but whew 21,000. would love to have diesel to go with the 1025R. The main reason i want to replace it is at my age its hard to get up on my 1020, its 50yrs old, the mower is 26 years old, well maqnitained and no real service problems. it mows great just want someting new. Right now seriously looking at 930R with deluxe seat and Tweel wheels. The Tweel wheels intrigue my because they have more traction. I have some hillside. I have also looked at the Kubota line they have some diesil's more in line what i want to spend. I realize their decks aren't has strong but i do like they are shaft driven. I am thinking about a rear discharge deck. I have heard the Kubotas with the new low profile tires have had trouble with flats. Sorry just kind of rambling but I am looking for any input. Thanks
    One thing about the diesel ZT's, you need pretty much dry ground, my 997 weighs in at 1900 lbs., me on it 2,100.
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    Being I try to stay diesel with anything I buy I would be getting a Kubota if I bought a zero turn now. They have a reasonbly sized 60" diesel that would be just right for me.

    Also has to do with my location. Deere dealer is a 6 hour round trip - Kubota dealer is a 2.5 hour round trip.
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    I've had a Kubota diesel ZTR for 10 years, a great machine. If the decks are not as strong they must have really changed, 'cause mine is built like a tank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifterbike View Post
    I am looking at a zero turn to have a deciated mower. Looking at replacing my 72'' LANDPRIDE gromming mower. I would like to have a 997 but whew 21,000. would love to have diesel to go with the 1025R. The main reason i want to replace it is at my age its hard to get up on my 1020, its 50yrs old, the mower is 26 years old, well maqnitained and no real service problems. it mows great just want someting new. Right now seriously looking at 930R with deluxe seat and Tweel wheels. The Tweel wheels intrigue my because they have more traction. I have some hillside. I have also looked at the Kubota line they have some diesil's more in line what i want to spend. I realize their decks aren't has strong but i do like they are shaft driven. I am thinking about a rear discharge deck. I have heard the Kubotas with the new low profile tires have had trouble with flats. Sorry just kind of rambling but I am looking for any input. Thanks
    Drifterbike--can u get onto these zero-turns ok?i find it quite hard to manage to step onto my cousins sit and spin-what i call it. it's the smallest one that JD had in the line up 3 yrs ago. i think it rides like a tank also. same way to get off that lousy thing. i have to like slide my one leg down and off onto the ground, and push myself off of the seat. this using this one has really put a sour taste in my mouth towards one. at least with my X-475 i can step onto the deck-with it sitting on the ground, and then right on over. bad part is-i have to lower the deck each and every time-i get off or on. as i did wear the one pin on the mowers lift arm-from not lowing it each and every time.

    maybe a bigger one is easier to get on-IDK-wouldn't mind finding out-at some time-i guess. aw-yeah her tires in the back-are almost bald. 3yrs old. keep us posting on what u choose-ok.
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    I just purchased a Kubota ZD1211. It's just an awesome machine. I don't have any problems mowing moderately steep ground (as long as it's dry). I paid $14,500. Seems like a lot of money, but it should last me for many years. I looked at JD's as well and they are also very nice. As far as the decks, I don't see where one is better than the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spferdil View Post
    I've had a Kubota diesel ZTR for 10 years, a great machine. If the decks are not as strong they must have really changed, 'cause mine is built like a tank.
    ^^^^this here. I have a Kubota ZD25 Pro and I can't say anything bad about it. Like another stated, it is a heavy machine and the deck on mine is thick and heavy. The machine is real stable on slopes as it has a very wide stance
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    Drifterbike--can u get onto these zero-turns ok?i find it quite hard to manage to step onto my cousins sit and spin-what i call it. it's the smallest one that JD had in the line up 3 yrs ago. i think it rides like a tank also. same way to get off that lousy thing. i have to like slide my one leg down and off onto the ground, and push myself off of the seat. this using this one has really put a sour taste in my mouth towards one. at least with my X-475 i can step onto the deck-with it sitting on the ground, and then right on over. bad part is-i have to lower the deck each and every time-i get off or on. as i did wear the one pin on the mowers lift arm-from not lowing it each and every time.

    maybe a bigger one is easier to get on-IDK-wouldn't mind finding out-at some time-i guess. aw-yeah her tires in the back-are almost bald. 3yrs old. keep us posting on what u choose-ok.
    I just looked at a z930m a week ago. There is a step right on the deck and it's super stable when mounting/dismounting, even with the deck raised in the lock position. My first comment to my wife was just how solid the mower felt while getting on. In comparison, I also checked out a residential z540 (which approaches the price for a z915e, the entry level commercial unit). You "can" step on the deck (though there isn't a specific spot marked out), but unlike the z900 series the deck moves and doesn't feel as stable. I too found myself trying to step over the deck to get off the residential unit because I didn't like the deck wobble.

    The residential line seemed flimsy and not very ergonomic when I directly compared it to the commercial line. I would have bought a z915e ($7,000) or z920m ($8,200) had my wife not liked the "familiarity of the controls" on the x590.

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    I just purchased a 970 R with tweels and 60 inch deck, deluxe seat, 31hp Kawasaki gas motor....13.0 OTD.... Great machine, step on deck, mows like an animal...My son has the Kubota diesel and it's very heavy, leaves tracks in the soft yard. I like the diesel machines as well but the weigh is an issue due to the lawn damage it causes here in the East. If your lawn is flat and relatively dry you would be fine with the extra weigh, if not you would soon find that the weigh is a problem in terms of traction and lawn damage due to The heavy weigh on the soft ground...
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    I found a 997 2016 with 60 hours for a good deal. looking at the kobota zd1211 new for same money?? John Deere has the 35hp with particulate filter Kubota is 24.8 hp no filter. the Kobota I could get with the rear discharge deck. Kind of way I am leaning. Just worry about the weight of the diesel... choices choices, choices
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