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eatonpcat
03-10-2005, 02:00 PM
I think I've naroowed it down to A 48" belt drive Scag or Exmark Metro.
Exmark - 2700.00 W/ 15 HP Kohler
Scag - 3000.00 W/ 15 HP Kaw.

Leaning toward the Scag, anyone have an opinion.

procut
03-10-2005, 02:01 PM
Personally, I'd go with the Exmark.

David Grass
03-10-2005, 02:07 PM
Either is good for carpal tunnel syndrome, I dont know which would give it to you sooner tho, probably the Scag tho.

RobH
03-10-2005, 02:15 PM
If you can afford a hydro, definitely go with hydro. Overall, it is a much easier machine to use. I know it can really break your budge.

However, I owned a 48" belt Scag W/B and it was a great machine. I sold it for a hydro last year.

On my Scag 48" belt drive, I did pay an extra $300 and went with the 17hp Kawi on it. If you can swing it, definitely go with the 17hp Kawi. Those extra two horsepower can NEVER hurt to have. Especially in thick grass.

I don't believe Exmark offers a 17hp on any 48" w/b.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

eatonpcat
03-10-2005, 02:51 PM
Can't afford the Hydro, But appreciate the info.

BMFD92
03-10-2005, 02:56 PM
That scag seems over priced for the 15hp. Definetly get the 17hp. I have a 17hp 48" Scag gear drive. Excellent mower got it for 3500 with catcher and sulky. Has been very good to me and have had no problems what so ever. I am selling it to upgrade to a hydro. $2300 OBO. has maybe 200 hours on it

eatonpcat
03-10-2005, 03:20 PM
BMFD, Wish you were geographically closer, Would like to take a look at your used Scag. Hard to believe it has only 200 hours on it, Why do you need a Hydro if your only mowing a couple hundred hour a year??

kturf
03-10-2005, 03:25 PM
BMFD, Wish you were geographically closer, Would like to take a look at your used Scag. Hard to believe it has only 200 hours on it, Why do you need a Hydro if your only mowing a couple hundred hour a year??


For sale Exmark 48'' walk behind in NC

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For sale 2003 Exmark 48 " metro walk behind with velkey used one season has about 45 hrs on it used by homeowner.1750.00 obo call or pm at 336 280-3074
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eatonpcat
03-10-2005, 03:50 PM
Kturf, Mower Looks Good, Would like to see it in person, but I won't be passing thru NC until September.

BMFD92
03-10-2005, 04:58 PM
BMFD, Wish you were geographically closer, Would like to take a look at your used Scag. Hard to believe it has only 200 hours on it, Why do you need a Hydro if your only mowing a couple hundred hour a year??

last year I only did 20 accounts and they were very small. I added on many bigger accounts and now have 30 accounts and dropped some of the old small ones so I have 30 accounts that run from 1/2 to seven acres. I need a hydro walkbehind and I am also adding on a ztr. Things are going very well for me and I can only really afford the hydro if I sell the geardrive for a good price.

launboy
03-10-2005, 05:03 PM
kohler is a good engine but i would go with the kaw. from expierence the kaw is better but a little more $.

Mo Green
03-10-2005, 05:26 PM
Personally, I would go with the Exmark.

How is the dealer support for each one of these?

RobH
03-10-2005, 06:02 PM
I think when I bought my Scag 48" the 15hp was going for $3,000 and the 17hp was only $300 more. Definitely well worth the extra cash. Scag also made the gas tank a 6 gallon tank this year with a built in cup holder in the gas tank. I think that could be useful.

Also, as previously mentioned on this thread look at dealer support whether you buy Scag or Exmark. That is key when you need service or parts.

Hey BMFD92, I see that you are in Ossining. Did you try Ossining Lawn Mower to see what they'd give you in a trade in? That mower is rather new, so it should still have some good value. That's if you have a hard time selling it on your own.

BMFD92
03-10-2005, 06:24 PM
yea they said to try and sell it first. I gotta wait till the snow melts to get the mower out of my shed and over there so they can give me a price. By the way where are you in NY?

Tadams
03-10-2005, 06:35 PM
I would go with the exmark but that's only because I have a 48" 17 horse TTHP. Is that a fixed deck or the floating deck metro HP that you are looking at? I think they put a 15 on the metro and a 17 on the turf tracer because of the hydros.

Mark McC
03-10-2005, 07:32 PM
I would go with the exmark but that's only because I have a 48" 17 horse TTHP. Is that a fixed deck or the floating deck metro HP that you are looking at? I think they put a 15 on the metro and a 17 on the turf tracer because of the hydros.

My understanding is that hydros suck down an extra two ponies, so Tadams' comments jibe with what a mechanic once told me.

I just got a TTHP 52/19, not because my Metro stinks, but because:

1) I want to cover more ground this year; and
2) I wanted to rip my right forearm last year by the end of July. It was killing me.

eatonpcat
03-11-2005, 07:03 AM
Looks like I'll go with the Scag, I also like the Kaw over the Kohler. I will try a few other dealers this weekend. Never dealt with the Exmark Dealer, but they seemed very good when I talked with them. The Scag dealer has a great reputation as far as I know (Sohars in Macedonia, Ohio). Thanks again for the thoughts.

BMFD92
03-11-2005, 08:46 AM
you will be very pleased with the scag

RobH
03-11-2005, 09:32 AM
Yeah, I think you will be very pleased with the Scag. It is a very well made machine. With a dealer with a good reputation, you can't go wrong.

Also, get the hour meter installed as well. It just makes life so much easier when it comes to maintenance. It is so worth it.

Hey BMFD92, I live in Westchster County, Town of Cortlandt. Not far from where you are located.

old dog
03-11-2005, 09:46 AM
If you can afford a hydro, definitely go with hydro. Overall, it is a much easier machine to use. I know it can really break your budge.

However, I owned a 48" belt Scag W/B and it was a great machine. I sold it for a hydro last year.

On my Scag 48" belt drive, I did pay an extra $300 and went with the 17hp Kawi on it. If you can swing it, definitely go with the 17hp Kawi. Those extra two horsepower can NEVER hurt to have. Especially in thick grass.

I don't believe Exmark offers a 17hp on any 48" w/b.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
I really agree on the hydro -I started using them in '94 and have never looked back.
You will mow at least 30% faster than belts and they are safer and less
work to operate.That means less tired after a 10 hour day.You will earn the cost back before the first year .Exmark has had 17hp as a standard engine for
at least 4 years.Their ECS handles are a great improvement over the old style.Cut quality is nearly the same-I lean toward exmark being a little better.

old dog
03-11-2005, 09:56 AM
Are there serverproblems?

old dog
03-11-2005, 10:00 AM
Looks like I'll go with the Scag, I also like the Kaw over the Kohler. I will try a few other dealers this weekend. Never dealt with the Exmark Dealer, but they seemed very good when I talked with them. The Scag dealer has a great reputation as far as I know (Sohars in Macedonia, Ohio). Thanks again for the thoughts.
Who said you can't get an Exmark with a Kawi17 HP? I have 2 of them and I think that is a popular option.Skags are good machines but ECS is something you should try.A lot less busted knuckles!!!! That comes on Exmark-the ECS

old dog
03-11-2005, 10:08 AM
I would go with the exmark but that's only because I have a 48" 17 horse TTHP. Is that a fixed deck or the floating deck metro HP that you are looking at? I think they put a 15 on the metro and a 17 on the turf tracer because of the hydros.
TT is good in a 48 but unnecessary in a 36 unless you have realyy uneven lawn.
The 36 tire footprint follows the deck edge so close that scalping is minimal.
You might be right about the engine sizes.But check on what you can special order-you might be able to have one built with 17 hp on a Metro!

old dog
03-11-2005, 10:10 AM
Looks like I'll go with the Scag, I also like the Kaw over the Kohler. I will try a few other dealers this weekend. Never dealt with the Exmark Dealer, but they seemed very good when I talked with them. The Scag dealer has a great reputation as far as I know (Sohars in Macedonia, Ohio). Thanks again for the thoughts.
Work 'em over since you are spending your nickel! I love shopping for toys,
don't yall?

RobH
03-11-2005, 02:20 PM
I realized I wasn't being very clear in previous post.

From what I read on Exmark's website you can only get a 15hp on a 48" fixed deck hydro or gear drive.

You don't get a 17hp unless you go to 48" floating deck or a 52" fixed deck and up. Not sure why Exmark doesn't give you an engine option to upgrade. Or if they do, they don't indicate that on website.

Once again, good luck with Scag. I'm sure you'll be very happy.

eatonpcat
03-11-2005, 02:45 PM
If I find an Exmark with a 15 HP Kaw instead of the Kohler, I may reconsider because of the ECS.

johnnyusa
04-02-2005, 07:11 PM
Ive got them both scag and exmark , if you want a tank go with scag, if you want better cut go with exmark

Mo Green
04-02-2005, 07:25 PM
I realized I wasn't being very clear in previous post.

From what I read on Exmark's website you can only get a 15hp on a 48" fixed deck hydro or gear drive.

You don't get a 17hp unless you go to 48" floating deck or a 52" fixed deck and up. Not sure why Exmark doesn't give you an engine option to upgrade. Or if they do, they don't indicate that on website.

Once again, good luck with Scag. I'm sure you'll be very happy.
Viking is the fixed deck hydro by Exmark. According to their catalogue, a 17 hp Kawasaki is availible on the 48" model.

Planet Landscaping
04-02-2005, 07:49 PM
Cant go wrong with either :p

lawnandplow42
04-02-2005, 08:15 PM
SCAG all the way!!

Jeff@SGLC.ca
04-02-2005, 08:56 PM
What are the tendencies of the 48" Viking for scalping?

wissel_landscaping
04-02-2005, 09:22 PM
have you checked out cub cadet? i'm in medina and sterling equipment on rt.18 is a cub dealer very nice guys i bought the cub tank off them great machine, i demoed the cub 48" 15 hp kawi gear drive really nice just as good as exmark and scag or better
they list it for $2,799 they told me i could get for $2,500 out the door.

jackflash
04-02-2005, 09:35 PM
if you get the Exmark, then get the ECS handles. they really are easier on your hands.

johnnyusa
04-03-2005, 12:02 AM
Have both go w/ Exmark youll thank me . Better cut.

spoolinaround
04-03-2005, 12:42 AM
my dealer said he could order a 48 metro with a 13 kaw a 15kaw and a 17 kaw