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Pro roller mowers

Lawnmowers - Why can nothing be easy.

Vikings - Dealer told me unless I can wait 4 weeks for parts don't buy one.

Kaaz/Danarm LM5360 -You cannot buy  the pro version  anywhere in Northern Ireland.

Kubota roller mowers, I have been reliably told not to buy one as they give 'bother'

 Hayter Harrier 56 - shit in the wet.

Honda HRH 536 - dealer is 20 miles in the wrong direction.

I know I can take my chances and buy it online, however my local repair guy sells Kaaz / Hayter and I like the idea of getting it fixed asap in future. Do I buy the non pro and suck it and see?

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    Robbie, the Danarm Pro version gives slightly better wheels, a bumper bar, handle supports, deck gaurd etc over the Non-Pro version.

    As it is only you who use and are more likely to look after it (ie no bumping, using ramps when loading etc) I'd suggest a Non-Pro version may work ?.

    We have a Non-Pro 19" Kaaz/Danarm roller (there is no 19" Pro model) in the Unit we use for small sites etc and it's lasting well.

  • PRO

    The Kubota and the Kaaz pro are virtually the same mower. May even be identical. They are both made by Kaaz.

  • PRO

    Robbie - the Kubota is a KAAZ variant - although the handles and drive engage mechanism are 'reworked'.

    Not sure what part of them gives 'bother' - but i am running two Kubota Pro 821's this season - a Pro Wheeled and a Pro Roller - neither has yet given a seconds bother.

    The engines on the Kubota are Honda and thus faultless - the Kubota drive engage mechanism is different to the others, it 'snaps' in and you cannot feather it it - which is what kills these type gearboxes. I will, when I get a minute do a 'long term test' review for LJN....

    • PRO
      One of our Kubotas is on its 2nd drive in 2 seasons. Not impressed - cost £475 plus vat to get the entire back end of the machine replaced. Although everything was very worn I think I would have expected it to last longer..

      Or am I expecting too much?
  • PRO
    We are currently running two kubota's, a wheeled 821 and the new 819 roller. Both have been reliable so far and perform very well.
  • I had a non-pro Kaaz. The only difference is the handle braces amd front bumper: neither are critical although the bumper is a good lifting aid if you are on your own.

    Wheels should be the same, and the deck guard is standard I think.

    Kubota is the same mower, so it's down to the old issues of rollers needing repairs, where wheeled machines are more long-lasting. When I last looked the Kubota had the upgraded handles and gearbox. The Cobra, Kaaz etc. didn't.

    I wouldn't hesitate to buy the Kubota/Kaaz type if you want a heavy roller mower and that's what the local guy repairs.

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