Gas vs. Diesel
As far as SMALL engines in lawn equipment go, Diesel is the way to go in my humble (but well represented) opinion. I have a Ford 1210 compact diesel and it burns much less fuel mowing my little 1 acre yard than my Wheel Horse C160 gas tractor does (that was when I had 48" decks on both, now I use a 60" finish mower on the Ford). Both tractors are 16hp but the Kohler engine in the Wheel Horse seems to burn about twice as much fuel as the 3 cylinder diesel engine in the 1210 Ford. The Diesel engines in small equipment last longer too, and the resale value of a diesel is more than a gas engine (although it costs more in the beginning).
Yeah, our new "low sulfer diesel" will always cost more than gasoline but you'll get more work out of it per gallon.
Last edited by zootownjeepguy; 03-18-2012 at 11:34 AM.
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