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Brian B
09-12-2006, 09:04 PM
a local dealer has a 48" scag walk behind with 110 hours on it. it is a belt drive. can somebody tell me the difference between a belt drive and a hydro drive and which is better. the dealer is selling the mower for $2000. does the scag leave good stripes and does it cut good?

Jnamo
09-12-2006, 10:17 PM
This topic has been covered once or twice on this board. Try doing a search on the topic. You might find a little info. on this topic. If nothing comes up, ask again. Jeff

ed2hess
09-12-2006, 10:17 PM
The belt drives are very good on Scag. We run both belt and hydro. The hydro works real good in small tight situations where you need to back up a lot. The belt drive is a little tricky in that you have to shift the gear lever to back up and the drive is minumal...like most belt drives. I don't stripe but we mulch everything and the unit cuts fine. The Scag units are very reliable and heavy duty.

AL Inc
09-12-2006, 10:34 PM
Ditto what Ed said^ My 48 Scag is in its 10th season and it is still an excellent machine. It is on its 3rd engine, but the deck has held up great. Still leaves a nice cut. Price doesn't sound too bad.

Brian B
09-12-2006, 11:32 PM
just checking to make sure but this is a zero turn right?

dapozer
09-13-2006, 01:00 AM
What deck? The newer decks are crap!!!!! If it has the advantage deck run away. I have a 36 advantage deck and I am about to take the thing to the dump. Poor cut and you will have to mow 2x just to make it look good. just search under scag and start reading. I would say pass on this one.
s.

grass_cuttin_fool
09-13-2006, 07:42 AM
a local dealer has a 48" scag walk behind with 110 hours on it. it is a belt drive. can somebody tell me the difference between a belt drive and a hydro drive and which is better. the dealer is selling the mower for $2000. does the scag leave good stripes and does it cut good?

I have that same mower, It cuts nice and stripes nicely with no stripe kit. Mine is for sale also and has only 60 hours with a single wheel velke for 1800 firm. The onlything I can say bad about it is the pistol grip controls. They may be fine.....just not for me

wayne

Brian B
09-13-2006, 11:10 PM
What deck? The newer decks are crap!!!!! If it has the advantage deck run away. I have a 36 advantage deck and I am about to take the thing to the dump. Poor cut and you will have to mow 2x just to make it look good. just search under scag and start reading. I would say pass on this one.
s.

so this one is a 2003 so would the deck be good on it or not? it comes with a 2 wheel sulky so i think i am going to go look at it on saturday

dapozer
09-13-2006, 11:55 PM
If it is the classic deck I would say go for it, If has advantage on it skip town. I run a 30 year old 36 scag wb and it does 80% of the work were the 06 scag 36 wb stays on the trailer. The new 36 might be on its way to the selling market with the addition of a newer exmark.
s

clydesdale
09-14-2006, 01:01 AM
I have a 16 year old scag belt 52 and a 2 year old hydro exmark 60. I paid 2600 for the exmark with 1075 hours on it. Hydro is way better. I think you can do better on the price. I think a few hundred dollars more can get you a used hydro.

Brian B
09-15-2006, 02:46 PM
ok. thank you.sounds like i will keep looking around and see if i can find a exmark wb

ed2hess
09-15-2006, 11:17 PM
Bird in hand worth two in the bushes......offer him a little less and see if you can buy it. You can't go wrong on a Scag.

Brian B
09-16-2006, 11:49 PM
thats kind of what i thought but i really want a hydro so i will continue to look until i find one. i want to buy one now before the prices skyrocket in the spring ... is this one a hydro or belt drive? looks like a belt drive to me just wondering its about an hour away from me and im going to buy it if its a hydro ...... http://cgi.ebay.com/EXmark-48-walk-behind-Lawn-Mower_W0QQitemZ140029112375QQihZ004QQcategoryZ71272QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohosting

GrassMonkey
09-17-2006, 12:08 AM
I have a 2001 Scag 48 with the advantage deck and it leaves a great cut. In fact, it cuts better than my 2004 JD 7H17. However, it is heavy (built like a tank) and belt drive. Hydros are great if you have hills. Gear drives will just roll down the hill and you are hangin on for dear life, but the hydros can creep down. I would rather drive a hydro anyday over a belt drive. Just test drive one somewhere.

I paid $1,800 for the JD hydro with 400 hours and no velky; and no complaints. By the way, that Exmark that you are looking at appears to be beltdriven. You can tell by the arm hangin out from under the handles. That is the gear lever.

Brian B
09-17-2006, 12:29 AM
yeah i saw that and thats why i thought it was a belt driven