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Old 10-17-2001, 01:22 AM
ronslawncare ronslawncare is offline
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got my 1st wb today

i went scag even though i no your all exmarxs fans here.36 hydro 15 kawi with the scag advantage deck and jumbo grass cather $4,800 i paid .im really happy i used it for about two hours today i love the cut of it just got to get use to the leavers.i need to bye me a grease gun tommorrow and i hope i dont have all the problems you guys had with scags.i almost bought the stander but dealer strongly suggested i start with a wb first.the only other wb they sold was a happy though
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Old 10-17-2001, 02:15 AM
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Good luck. How are your forarms?
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Old 10-17-2001, 11:23 AM
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Ron...Kirby is right. My forearms are huge now! I still think my Scag is a great machine and my wife really like the forearms. Seriously though...if you add a sulky to it you might notice problems with power on slopes. Scag makes 3 different springs for the hydro system. I am currently using the middle spring which has enough tension to give me power, but not enough to make things ache like they did when I first got it. Congrats on your purchase!
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Old 10-17-2001, 11:40 AM
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SCAG makes good quality equipment. Very tough. My dealer has a comparison of different parts from SCAG and Exmark. Cutaways of handlebar tubing, spindles, pulleys, and other things. He sells both SCAG and Exmark. IMHO and his, I think SCAG structurally out builds other brands of walkbehinds. Its the quality of cut that they need to work on.

Anyway's....That is just a lot of money for 36" of cut. For 2K more you can have a fancy dancy 60" ZTR of your choice.

Ron, I'm not saying that you got a bad deal, or made a bad decision, just that SCAG needs to re-evaluate the pricing structure of their products. Especially their walkbehinds.

Used to be you could get a 48" Belt drive SCAG for $2,000. They may be more now, but add $2800 for a hydro? Just for a pair of pumps, motors, and hoses??? Thats not to say the credit for a beltdrives trans, belts, pulleys, brakes and pulleys, shifter, you get the idea. Must be that fuzzy math!!

Good luck with your machine Ron, it will last forever!
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Old 10-17-2001, 11:46 AM
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The same setup would cost $4308 if you chose a Gravely instead. Therefore, the Scag price isn't too out of line with the rest of the didn't get ripped off. Did you get the ultimate with the 18" tires...that is their premium model?

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Old 10-17-2001, 05:23 PM
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Regarding that grease gun

Were old clothes the first time you fill it with grease! I never got messier in all my life until I tried to insert a grease cartridge the first time in to that #$%@#$# grease gun. Still have not got the hang of it. Want to see a grown man cry? Tell me to reload a grease gun!

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Old 10-17-2001, 08:01 PM
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first time i loaded one took 45 min-and the language would've made eddie murphy blush.
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Old 10-17-2001, 08:08 PM
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$4800 is a lot of $ pushing 36"

Unless you have numerous small or gated yards, it seems like that is a lot of money to cut 36."

Most 36" mowers I have seen really are not that heavy and are easily manipulated with brute force through the handlebars when the belts just don't provide enough manueverability.

I have found every bagger on a commercial walk-behind to be useless, so please keep us posted of your results.

I think if you find yourself on a 2 acre yard with a 36 you will begin to desire a wider deck, after taking a whole afternoon to cut and trim it.

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Old 10-17-2001, 10:05 PM
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congrats on your new machine

if you like it and feel like you got a decent deal thats all that should matter, let us and the people at scag know how you feel, i just recently got my first z, i dont know what the heck i was waiting on, went from a 455 jd, which i'm still going to utilize, but the z fits my needs right now.........

best of luck with your new machine

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Old 10-17-2001, 11:29 PM
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We have the scagg 36 ulitimate hydro with a standard deck and ours has been great also a great cut that stripes really good, so the one you just got should cut even better than ours because of the advantage deck .It should last you a long time congradlations on your new mower
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