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New Kubota zero turn advice... #3388566 06/04/14 10:46 AM
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Despite already finding a fair bit of valuable advice out there on the net I figured I would ask here specifically given the general high quality advice metered out on BITOG…

As a father’s day/wedding anniversary gift for dad we went with him to pick up his first zero turn mower. After a lot of research and comparisons he pulled the trigger on the Kubota Z121S. The build and cut quality are awesome! Even though it is Kubota’s first foray into the “pro-sumer” market it seems every bit as well engineered as the G1800 we use at the lake house.

Despite never having driven a ZT he has gotten used to it fairly quickly but I am wondering if anyone has special insight as to use and maintenance. He has read the manual cover to cover but it has been my experience that folks with first hand experience often have specific insight that can be beneficial.

Plus, it’s fun to share new stuff with folks who may be as nerdy about equipment as I am.


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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: apwillard1986] #3388600 06/04/14 11:48 AM
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How much use will this thing see?

All I can say is just change the oil yearly or hourly whichever comes first. Kubotas are pretty problem free when taken care of, but it looks like your G1800 has already taught you that.

Have fun with the new toy.


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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: apwillard1986] #3388722 06/04/14 01:40 PM
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That's funnier than the joke I just read in the humor forum. Sounds like dad will be okay.

Originally Posted By: apwillard1986
...I figured I would ask here specifically given the general high quality advice metered out on BITOG…

Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: apwillard1986] #3388744 06/04/14 01:56 PM
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op, luv those z-turn mowers, I wish I had a bigger yard so I could get one of those :-)

I DON'T own one,
you have:
1. Air cooled v-twin
2. Hydrostatic transmission

I would switch to synthetic for both after break-in

Make sure you follow what is required for warranty.


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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: Oil Changer] #3388767 06/04/14 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted By: Oil Changer
That's funnier than the joke I just read in the humor forum. Sounds like dad will be okay.

Originally Posted By: apwillard1986
...I figured I would ask here specifically given the general high quality advice metered out on BITOG…


Yeah there's this one guy here who constantly hates on Valvoline for no apparent reason.. He's one of many.


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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: dlundblad] #3388819 06/04/14 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted By: dlundblad
Originally Posted By: Oil Changer
That's funnier than the joke I just read in the humor forum. Sounds like dad will be okay.

Originally Posted By: apwillard1986
...I figured I would ask here specifically given the general high quality advice metered out on BITOG…


Yeah there's this one guy here who constantly hates on Valvoline for no apparent reason.. He's one of many.


laugh

Outstanding!


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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: stockrex] #3390830 06/06/14 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted By: stockrex
op, luv those z-turn mowers, I wish I had a bigger yard so I could get one of those :-)

I DON'T own one,
you have:
1. Air cooled v-twin
2. Hydrostatic transmission

I would switch to synthetic for both after break-in

Make sure you follow what is required for warranty.





You mean like one of these? grin







This one is Gravelys top of the line model with air ride seat, rubber isolated engine cradle, isolated foot platform, isolated seat platform and Kohler closed loop EFI. Not cheap but it is what we do for a living. One of the smoothest operating machines on the market today.



Part of my front yard.









I run amsoil in everything we own except my race car//street rod. That gets the "green" oil.

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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: apwillard1986] #3391017 06/06/14 07:57 PM
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You might want to run a good gas additive which will help stabilize the gas and help solve problems which occur with the use of ethanol.

Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: apwillard1986] #3392736 06/09/14 06:48 AM
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That Gravely is a nice machine. The folding ROPS is nice. I will be sure to use an additive to counter the effects of ethanol.


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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: apwillard1986] #3393156 06/09/14 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: apwillard1986
That Gravely is a nice machine. The folding ROPS is nice. I will be sure to use an additive to counter the effects of ethanol.


Just stay away from ethanol from the get go and run non ethanol fuel if available.

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Ethanol blended fuel is all I run in my L series Deere and NEVER had a fuel related issue. I don't stabilize the fuel and I don't drain the gas over the winter. ALWAYS starts and runs like a million bucks. In fact, it runs barely (but perceptibly) better on ethanol blended fuels. The plugs show it's burning perfectly when on E10, and a hair too rich on straight gas.


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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: apwillard1986] #3394084 06/10/14 03:04 PM
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I would think these engines, or any modern OPE engine is designed to run off of E10? It should specify not to run anything more than that, but I am sure its what they are designed to do.


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Re: New Kubota zero turn advice... [Re: apwillard1986] #3394700 06/11/14 10:05 AM
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It does state on the fuel cap that 10% ethanol is acceptable but no more. It'll see enough use to avoid any problem due to sitting. In the off season a little stabilizer seems to do the trick in our other OPE. I wish I had the positive experience others have had with E10 fuels in OPE. I only know I never had to replace fuel lines or rebuild carburators in the equipment that sits awhile between use before the switch. That said, it seems to depend on the equipment. Some of it still gives no trouble.


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