My dad was into all kinds of cool stuff, from blacksmithing to steam trains. His tastes ran all over the board in terms of cars and tools, but on thing always drew him in: cool machinery. And I can remember more than once standing around the local big-box with him drooling over a Kubota lawn mower. Why? He loved its little 3-cylinder diesel engine.
Though mower engines have come a long way in the last few years — think V-twin Briggs and overhead-cam Hondas — nothing makes torque like a diesel. Its powerful, low-RPM nature fits perfectly with a tractor’s needs. It sounds badass, too, ticking over way slower then most mowers. It makes a subdued little growl, almost like (as Dad would say) “it’s going to jump up and bite you in the ankle.”
You’ll find other high-end features as well, including a shaft-drive system that delivers power to the transmission — screw belts — a hydraulic mower deck lift, and suspension that’s adjustable to your weight and smoothness preferences.
The Kubota pictured above is GR2210, powered by a 21-horsepower diesel. It comes in 48″ and 54″ deck versions, and it’ll set you back around $9,500. Of course, that’s why Dad never actually owned one. Actually, we never did own a new mower. He did small engine repair to make side cash when I was a kid, so he always just picked one up off the street and fixed it up.
But if he’d hit the lottery, he’d have bought a Kubota.
GR Series Mowers [Kubota]