Improved air flow *
The airflow inside the deck has been optimized for faster, more efficient cutting and discharge by preventing clippings from clumping, sticking to the walls of the deck, and recirculating to be cut again. The improved airflow also results in reduced power consumption, work efficiency, and increased fuel efficiency.
Improved fuel efficiency*
The ZD Series does more on less fuel, thanks to the ACS Kubota PRO deck's more efficient cutting performance and better fuel/horsepower balance—up to 22% better.
New spindle shaft
New larger durable spindle shaft creates a better airflow inside the deck. It is also more durable.
New clean-cut blades
The redesigned cutting blades have a new shape that improves both cutting efficiency and overall load balance, which creates a better airflow inside the deck and ensures cleaner cutting performance. These new blades also provide a longer service life so you won't need to replace them as often.
Kubota diesel engines
With over 25 million engines produced since 1922, Kubota engines are recognized around the world for their proven quality and reliability. Powerful yet clean and quiet, the ZD Series' rugged diesel engines give you unparalleled performance, productivity, and economy. The ZD Series' dependable engines let you power through tough mowing jobs with ease and efficiency. These technically advanced engines are also environmentally friendly, thanks to excellent fuel economy, enhanced combustion efficiency, and low vibration and noise levels.
These engines are paired with Kubota's original hydrostatic transmission that offers faster, smoother response under all loading conditions. Except for an occasional fluid change, the hermetically sealed structure requires no maintenance and has no belts to change.
New flexible discharge chute
Manufactured from a flexible yet strong material, the discharge chute has been redesigned to ensure a smoother discharge and more uniform discharge of clippings.
New ergonomically designed control layout
For faster operation and better ergonomics, all of the mower deck controls are grouped on the right side within easy reach of your right hand. The cutting height adjustment dial has been repositioned here making it more accessible and easier to adjust the cutting height.
New low profile tires
Low-profile tires at the rear further improve the ZD Series' stability and traction on turf. Their wide tread helps protect the turf from damage during mowing.
The ZD Series' low center of gravity helps improve the weight/balance and provides stability on slopes and uneven ground. When combined with the long wheelbase - wide, large diameter rear tires - and the fuel tanks mounted over the tires, below the seat, the result is outstanding stability on a variety of terrains.
New HST levers
Redesigned HST levers not only provide more legroom, but also more settings to choose from, ensuring smoother operation, better zero-turn maneuverability, and greater job efficiency.
New damper force adjustment
This 3-position lever lets you adjust the damper force to the optimum level for your personal comfort.
Hands-free parking brake
Conveniently located on the platform under your feet, the parking brake can be easily engaged and released by pressing it with either foot while keeping both hands on the HST levers.
Hydraulic deck lift
A 2-pedal hydraulic deck lift system keeps you mowing in spite of obstacles by letting you easily raise and lower the deck with your foot.
Adjustable front axle (oscillating/rigid)
Choose from two front-axle setups to optimize mowing comfort and performance: adjustable for a smooth ride, or rigid for an even cut while mowing on rough terrain.
New suspension seat
A more comfortable seat means less operator fatigue and greater productivity. With dual adjustable armrests, higher backrest, and lumbar support, the ZD Series' fully padded and reclining bucket seat ensures a high level of comfort. The seat can be adjusted up and as well as forward and backward to let operators of all body types find the perfect position that will keep you comfortable and productive all day long.
New, thicker platform mat
Thicker and more durable, the redesigned platform mat also helps reduce noise and vibration for more comfort during mowing tasks. The mat's grip pattern also has been improved to make getting on and off the mower easier than before.
New and bigger storage box and cup holder
Store personal items as well as two beverage cups in the handy storage box and cup holder beside the seat.
New foldable ROPS*
The new ROPS is now compliant with not only OSHA standards, but also ISO standards. The ROPS conveniently folds for easier storage and transportation of the mower.
Easy mower and engine access
The ZD Series is designed to keep you on the job longer between maintenance stops. When maintenance is needed, however, you can be assured of quick and easy maintenance of all the critical parts and functions. The engine hood protects the engine, yet is simple to open and offers easy access to the engine for maintenance tasks. A special maintenance hatch under the platform mat provides fast access to the upper mower, mower belt, gearbox case, universal joint and oil filter.
Maintenance lift - Optional
Routine maintenance underneath the mower is quick and simple, thanks to Kubota's innovative two-pin, tilt-up maintenance lift. A simple operation raises the front of the ZD Series even with the mower deck still attached.
"Catch All" 2-bag style grass catcher - Optional
This 2-bag style grass catcher holds even more, allowing the operator to mow longer between stops to empty the grass catcher. To empty it, simply unlock the lid, and the gab slides out.
Hitch kit - Optional
With the optional hitch kit, the ZD can tow a trailer or cart carrier for transporting a blower, trimmer, fertilizer, or other work supplies
Operator Controlled Discharge Chute
The discharge chute cover over the grass clippings outlet can be opened and closed with a single lever, letting you temporarily shut the outlet to avoid sending clippings onto flowerbeds or roads.
Shaft drive mower
Without drive belts and pulleys, the drive shaft smoothly transfers power from the engine to the deck. Shaft drive also requires less maintenance and provides greater dependability.
Work lights, front blade, and striping kit are available for selected models. See your dealer for details.