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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]

 

8 Responses to My Dad’s Dream Mower

  1. dreamcatcher says:

    My grandpa used to have a Yanmar 4×4 diesel mower. It was a great mower. Sorta like a “poor man’s Kubota”. Cub Cadet makes their “compact utility tractor” line now.

    Check out their website…the Yanmar T-80 is pretty awesome!

    DC

  2. PutnamEco says:

    The only garden tractor that ever REALLY caught my interest was the Honda H5518, while not a diesel, it had a number of innovative features for a garden tractor, like four wheel steering, four wheel drive with a diff lock, and an independent PTO, as well as optional attachments like a rear mounted mower and a rotary broom. Things where pretty fast too.

  3. Jack Turner says:

    Every man’s dream mower comes with a blonde on it.

  4. Toolhearty says:

    Jack Turner Says:
    Every man’s dream mower comes with a blonde on it.

    Wait a minute… The blonde is included, and she’s willing to cut the grass? Why was I not informed of this earlier?

    *looks at the price tag*

    I’ll still have to think it over.

  5. I have s Yanmar 4×4 and love it. A correction to dreamcatcher, Yanmar now makes some of the Cub cadet, and used to make the John Deere compact tractors, as well as making the motors for the new ones.

  6. Jack Turner Says:
    Every man’s dream mower comes with a blonde on it.

    Toolhearty Says:
    Wait a minute… The blonde is included, and she’s willing to cut the grass? Why was I not informed of this earlier?

    Wait – she’s a blonde? All I saw was a set of boobs doing chores.

  7. Chuck Cage says:

    Funny: I saw the mower first.

    Funnier: I bet Sean saw “..and she’s willing to cut the grass” first.

  8. JRinWV says:

    I retired the end of 2008, and while I still had the cash flow we were used to, I bought a Kubota, 4400 tractor loader backhoe, with a bush-hog and a scraper blade.

    I also got a big truck to tow it with, and a dump trailer big enough to haul it.

    It’s keeping me busy, and made me popular amongst my friends here in the country.

    I agree about a diesel motor, the only gasoline motors I have are on the Honda generator and in my Dad’s roadster. My Kubota takes 10 liters of engine lube oil and more like 17 liters of transmission/hydraulic fluid to change out. That’s a big ouch!

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