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Old 04-29-2014, 03:49 PM
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Scag Tiger Cat or Deere Z925M

I've looked at Toro, eXmark, Deere, & Scag. It's really down to the Deere & Scag. The JD has a 25 hp Kohler EFI, 54" deck & is $8600. The scag is a 52" with 22.5 hp Kawasaki and is $8,300.
The JD is freakin HUGE compared to the tiger cat. I'm not sure if that's going to be a problem for me or not , but I do like the compactness of the scag. Im 6'6" 270 and the deere is more comfortable for big guy. I'd have to buy long lap bars for the scag, at a cost of around $200, to be able to fit. I think these are both quality machines, but I've had a thing for Scag. However , the dealer is about 40 mins away.

What do you guys think?

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Old 04-29-2014, 04:06 PM
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The JD... but I would get the Kawasaki engine. I have never had any luck with Kohler engines. Never tried the newer models yet though.
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Old 04-29-2014, 04:44 PM
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Get the JD. The Kohler will use less fuel, and have lower maintenance since it requires no valve adjustments. The Kohler also has a larger oil capacity and oil drain hoses.

John Deere is a better machine until you get up to the turf tiger size.
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:09 PM
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Ok, now I'm not sure if the deere is EFI. It's the z295m flex fuel. The dealer said he thought it was EFI, but, due to past experiences, I have little trust in dealer's technical knowledge .
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:45 PM
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I just bought the tiger cat and couldn't be happier. I'm 6'3 and the bars would hit my knees when forward so I made a 2 1/2 inch extension to raise them. A little scag gold spray paint and it looks factory.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:14 PM
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I really liked both of them. The deere was definitely the more comfortable of the two, but it just seemed huge. Granted, I'm stepping up from an 48" Metro so anything would seem big. Do any of you know if the flex fuel JD is EFI? I'm sort of confused about that one.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:15 PM
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I don't think the flex fuel model is EFI but I would advise to get the EFI model and run ethanol free gas in it. You can google stations with ethanol free gas in your area.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:19 PM
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Z925M EFI http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/...m_efi_54.page?

Z925M Flex fuel http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/...x_efi_54.page?

Both list EFI as key feature! M series is about efficiency.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:28 PM
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It had an automotive type fuel filter and wires coming out of where the carb would be, so I think it is EFI. The flex fuel thing is confusing.
I run noting but 93 octane ethanol fuel as it is. Not sure if it helps the mowers much, but the handhelds sure do appreciate it.
Anyone had trouble with the JD getting into tight places? The damn thing just seemed huge to me.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:30 PM
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Flex fuel may mean it will accept propane. Or e85 or something.

Where's ridin green been lol
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