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bushhogman
05-06-2006, 11:11 PM
Ok,,,I just landed a huge commerical contract in atlanta ga and I am thinking about getting a new mower. Currently, I have 48 inch tiger cub and a 48 inch exmark. I like the scag, but it sucks when the conditions get wet. The grass clumps up in the coners and drops out and looks like @$& !! With this said it cuts great the rest of the time and its tough as nails. As far as the exmark goes, it cuts better in wet conditions but its not as tough as the scag. Also, seems to slide down hillsides easier. Its not as heavy as the scag and I think this is reason it slides down the hillside. I was think about getting a Hustler with thier new deck design. Not really sure of which model yet, but I'm leaning toward a 52 inch cut. I was hoping that the Hustler would be heavy duty like the scag and stick on hillsides while not having the clumping issue like the scag. What's should a man do??? To many choices out there and this is a huge investment. Also thinking about a Kubota, but there bagging system sucks,,,,any opions out there? thanks The bushhogman,,
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rob b.
05-07-2006, 05:03 PM
I love my Scag.I had a 48 in. tiger cub for 3 years and just traded it in on a 61 in. turf tiger.I demo the hustler,toro,and the chopper just to see what they were like.As far as me personally,I think the scag is just about the best commercial mower out there.You are right though about wet cutting conditions for the tiger cub.

Jeds_Lawn_Care
08-04-2006, 09:11 PM
Get a Hustler w/ a XR-7 deck and Flex Forks. They say you can mow at almost full speed w/ one of those.

REALSLOW
08-04-2006, 10:01 PM
Get a Hustler w/ a XR-7 deck and Flex Forks. They say you can mow at almost full speed w/ one of those. I would go with the MTD Cub product myself.

walker/redmax
08-04-2006, 11:02 PM
I would recommend a Grasshopper mower (that is if you have ruled out the Walker 62 or 74"). They have the out front deck, two main drive tires and then two pivoting wheels in the back. They are IMO the best wide area mowers made. No I have never owned one, but I have spent quite a few hours on one. The diesel is a superb machine. Good luck!:drinkup:

MJB
08-05-2006, 12:02 AM
Demo demo demo...did I say demo??? This is usually the best way to make the right decision. Then ask about our experiences with the mower you want to buy.

nmez21
08-05-2006, 12:10 AM
Get a Hustler w/ a XR-7 deck and Flex Forks. They say you can mow at almost full speed w/ one of those.

I agree. I've been busy demoing a 60"/25kaw Super Z this past week. I was taking somewhere near 4 inches off of a 1200'x50' strip at 10-12 mph and it cut fairly well and it didn't bog down. I mowed it in 1/2 the time that i'd normally mow it wit h the 727A. It cut better than my 7-IronII deck does at 5mph. The only problem I had with the XR7 thus far is minor clumping with grass types similar to crabgrass and such. Overall a fantastic mower. Although you said that you were leaning toward a 52" deck take note that a 54" Hustler Z has no trim edge, therefore I'd recommend the 60" deck.Like others have said- DEMO! Good luck.

REALSLOW
08-05-2006, 08:02 AM
[QUOTE=nmez21]I agree. I've been busy demoing a 60"/25kaw Super Z this past week. I was taking somewhere near 4 inches off of a 1200'x50' strip at 10-12 mph and it cut fairly well and it didn't bog down. I mowed it in 1/2 the time that i'd normally mow it wit h the 727A. It cut better than my 7-IronII deck does at 5mph. The only problem I had with the XR7 thus far is minor clumping with grass types similar to crabgrass and such. Overall a fantastic mower. Although you said that you were leaning toward a 52" deck take note that a 54" Hustler Z has no trim edge, therefore I'd recommend the 60" deck.Like others have said- DEMO! Good luck.[/QUOTE



Are you just Bsn ? I have a new Hustler and really like it but to say it can cut twice as fast as soimething else and do a better job is hard to believe?

rodfather
08-05-2006, 08:30 AM
I'm curious as to what you mean by a huge commercial contract based upon the fact you currently run 48's and thinking of moving up to a 52"? :rolleyes:

2 clowns mowing
08-05-2006, 09:22 AM
walker, if no hills are involved, they won't go uphill going forward or sideways. watch torning a walker will tear up grass real easy. rich mfg convertible mower i love it, great on hills, can change decks, and you can walk behind on steep hills and ditches. tons of power great in wet grass. they will deliver demo to you and last years models on sale for 40% off right now. lists 8800 cost me 5300 and i got extra 48" brush deck and 60" deck came with mower, 22hp engine with lots of power can, get up to 30 hp motor. www.convertiblemowers.com

gamble77
08-05-2006, 10:37 AM
Yeah, if it is a large, open property that you have to bag then there isn't a better mower available then the out front GrassHopper mowers. Maybe a 722D with a 61" deck and a powervac collection system would fit the bill?!?!

We are a GrassHopper dealer in the Atlanta area, 1-877-483-9829. Good luck.

Professional Cut Lawncare
08-05-2006, 10:55 AM
Go with a Scag with the Velosity deck it has a very wide discharge opening and disperses grass more evenly than the advantage deck.

nmez21
08-05-2006, 12:22 PM
Are you just Bsn ? I have a new Hustler and really like it but to say it can cut twice as fast as soimething else and do a better job is hard to believe?
No bs. If I had to rate the cut on the 727 it'd be a 6 or 7. I've never really got it to cut supremely unless I slow down to a crawl. I know though that other people have said great things about their 7-iron decks but from what I've mowed and seen it does an o.k. job. The super z, on the other hand,was very impressive. I may be a little biased because I haven't gotten into a situation that it "couldn't handle", but i'd honestly rate the cut at a 7 or 8 at even at those speeds.

EMWEB
08-05-2006, 01:08 PM
SCAG . . . nice cut, well built and it's ORANGE ! ! !

REALSLOW
08-05-2006, 05:41 PM
No bs. If I had to rate the cut on the 727 it'd be a 6 or 7. I've never really got it to cut supremely unless I slow down to a crawl. I know though that other people have said great things about their 7-iron decks but from what I've mowed and seen it does an o.k. job. The super z, on the other hand,was very impressive. I may be a little biased because I haven't gotten into a situation that it "couldn't handle", but i'd honestly rate the cut at a 7 or 8 at even at those speeds. Are you sure you are not a Hustler sales rep?

LLandscaping
08-05-2006, 07:28 PM
We have a Tiger Cub with the Advantage deck and a new Turf Tiger with the Velocity. Our Cub clumps bad when it is wet but the Turf Tiger (velocity) doesn't have a problem clumping. If you like Scag the new velocity deck makes a huge difference, it disperses the grass better than the advantage.

mag360
08-06-2006, 12:43 PM
I was told that the main reason for scag's deck redesign was to address issues with the smaller tri blade advantage deck clogging. The bigger decks have never really had issues with this.

With that in mind I wouldn't expect to have the same problems with the 52 advantage and especially not with the new velocity plus deck. Why not give it another try if you're happy with the overall quality and useability of your cub. (the distributer in my area has some leftover 52in 24hp honda cubs that are going cheap, maybe you can find something like this in your area)

Also, you might want to demo a 61inch machine. They really are not as hard to maneuver as you might think and the wider deck will cut your time noticeably on larger properties.