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View Full Version : Scag ZTR vs. Exmark -- Scag wins due to striping roller?


naturescape
05-28-2008, 06:54 AM
I am considering buying a ZTR. I'm 44 now and after mowing since I was 15, my legs are getting tired of it LOL.

I'm considering, at this point, the Exmark Lazer and the Scag Tiger Cub, in a 48". (I have some gates that are EXACTLY that size)

Right now I'm leaning to the Scag basically just because of the clincher -- it looks like the Scag striping roller is the best there is out there. Take a look at it on their website if you're not familiar with it. It is spring-loaded and makes contact with the GROUND the whole time.

I'm sure it will outstripe the Exmark big-time. And I believe both mowers will be solid, dependable mowers in other ways.

Any thoughts on this? Who here has the Scag striping roller? Do you like it?

skeet
05-28-2008, 07:01 AM
What is the price of a striper roller for a 61" tiger cub?

mhussey
05-28-2008, 07:02 AM
Please see the link below. These guy's lay some nasty stripes with Lazer Z's.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=62628&highlight=terra-care

ALC-GregH
05-28-2008, 10:12 AM
here's a pic of the Scag roller in action. It's kind of a PITA to put on and take off. I'd rather leave it on but I get stuck going up the trailer ramp every time. If they had made mounting brackets that came out a few inches farther back, it would be a ton better and probably wouldn't hit going up the trailer ramp.

http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/501/medium/Dscn2613.jpg

ALC-GregH
05-28-2008, 10:14 AM
For the record, I would have bought a Exmark had I not bought the Scag...

mhussey
05-28-2008, 02:33 PM
The good thing about the Exmark striper is that it mounts do the rear of the deck. It doesn't hang up on stuff as easy, and it provides extra anti-scalp protection.

Mike Blevins
05-28-2008, 04:26 PM
I have the stripe kit on my 61" Tiger. To take it off is two cotter pins and pull. Takes about 10 seconds. Its very simple to use. As far as it hanging up on stuff, I have had mine on for around 90 hours and haven't hung it on anything. It is up underneath not sticking out. I have had it down in the stripe position the whole time. I go over curbs,sidewalks,etc. Never had any problems.Spring loaded stays put and does an excellent job. It has been one of my best investments hands down. It will take you lawns to the next level. It produces very defined stripes. I would go get one today if I was you, money well spent.:usflag:

razor1
05-28-2008, 04:38 PM
How much? :confused:

newtostone
05-28-2008, 07:17 PM
I would go with the exmark aka what i have now. Yes the scag looks like its the perfect setup but it gets hung up all the time. Both look just the same on the perfect lawns. Great cut, but the exmark outshines the scag on the average lawn

ALC-GregH
05-28-2008, 09:44 PM
Here's a property I did today. It still has straw in places and I don't have the bagger kit for the cub, yet. :) One pass, no bagger, striping roller in full effect. :) :cool2: http://momentoffame.com/photopost/data/501/medium/Dscn2662.jpg

MarksTLC
05-28-2008, 10:01 PM
I run a Tiger cub with a 48" cut. But it won't fit through a 48" gate. I do love it for being compact though...:)

THEGOLDPRO
05-28-2008, 10:35 PM
these were done with my 60inch lazer-z with striper. pics taken with a camera phone so they arent the best. they look much better in person.
http://www.msprotege.com/members/THEGOLDPRO/haxhi2.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/THEGOLDPRO/haxhi4.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/THEGOLDPRO/haxlawn.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/THEGOLDPRO/striping1.jpg
http://www.msprotege.com/members/THEGOLDPRO/striping2.jpg

ALC-GregH
05-28-2008, 10:42 PM
You really got that Exmark dialed in.... looks great.

THEGOLDPRO
05-28-2008, 10:45 PM
You really got that Exmark dialed in.... looks great.

thanks alot man.

naturescape
05-29-2008, 07:51 AM
Thanks for the input, people! I think now I am leaning back to the Exmark Lazer. The good thing about it is the roller attaches to the deck, which can be lifted right up if one is ever having trouble going over a trailer ramp, etc. And I have seen some Exmarks stripe pretty well. Also, years ago I demoed a Tiger Cub and an Exmark Lazer, and I really preferred the feel of the Exmark.

I won't be buying for a while, may even be next spring, but so far it looks like the Lazer is in first place.

puppypaws
05-29-2008, 10:07 AM
I personally love to look at the plush lawns you guys cut and stripe, but I would love to hear what the homeowners think. Do they really care if their lawn is striped or would they just as soon it be a smooth flat manicured look?

I guess I am just wondering how much of this is a pleasing to the homeowner eye situation or just pleasing to the person mowing the grass.

FIRESCOOBY
05-29-2008, 11:12 AM
What is the price of a striper roller for a 61" tiger cub?

Mine was $299.99 or $399.99.

THEGOLDPRO
05-29-2008, 07:46 PM
I personally love to look at the plush lawns you guys cut and stripe, but I would love to hear what the homeowners think. Do they really care if their lawn is striped or would they just as soon it be a smooth flat manicured look?

I guess I am just wondering how much of this is a pleasing to the homeowner eye situation or just pleasing to the person mowing the grass.i guess it depends on the homeowner. some like it alot others couldent care less.

slowleak1
05-29-2008, 08:13 PM
who cares, it looks awesome, not to mention how good it looks for your biz

freshprince94
05-29-2008, 08:19 PM
eXmark is the way to go. They stripe well without rollers, with rollers they are unbelievable. And they have the best dealer network.