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BigBear56 wrote: ↑
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I was in the market for the same type of mower a few years ago. Had it down to Gravely and Kubota. In my research I found that most mowers in this category were pretty similar. I wanted the rebuildable HydroGear 2000 pumps and fabricated deck. I ended up buying the Gravely. If I were to do it again I would buy the Kubota only because of the tires. I have some slopes on my property and the Gravely ZT series simply has tires that are too small and it slides off the hills every time. Other than the tires I have been extremely happy with the Gravely. Mine has a 24HP Kawasaki and a 60” deck
My brother bought a Kubota, and the engine burned up at about 300 hours. Gas was getting into the oil by some faulty gasket.
With a Kawasaki engine? That sounds like a Kohler Courage Pro to me. They are notorious for “grenading”.
I do not know what engine it has
He had a heck of a time with it. The warranty had just expired.
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As crazy as this sounds, find a store that will let you test drive one. Even let you cut some grass.
As someone else noted regarding tires/tire width, after a test drive we opted for the model we "compared" our top choice against mostly because of its larger tires and wider stance for side hills and ditches. My wife does most of the mowing and she also noted that the feel of the steering can really differ between brands.
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Engines and transaxle are all the same basically. I bought a mid grade Husqvarna MT 54 in 2014 I liked it for the larger tires and the way the steering felt. Had an oil leak on the Briggs engine and a bad starter relay. Other than belts that has been it but it has low hours. I looked pretty hard at Ferris also. The cheaper ones have the smaller transaxle that have given people trouble.
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John Deere far and above the rest. Best parts availability and they will be in business long after the others have been bought out or just bankrupt. I just bought a Z930M to replace the 11 year old Z465 that I sold for over half what I paid for it new. Other brands have little to no value after 11 yrs of use.
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I am sort of shopping around for same. I looked at bobcats and liked them. Seem to be well made, easy to service.