Originally Posted by NORTHMAN
shovelracer,we're in the same area(more or less)I see far more Exmarks than any other mower,SCAG and Walker are second.If it's not getting to far off track,what problems did you have with your SCAG and what are you using now?
Our machines now are all toro and exmark. I used to have a late 90's 52 WB and the thing was tough as nails. A few years ago I let the dealer sell me a 61 TT 29 Kaw DFI when they first came out. All I have to say is that mower was the biggest piece of garbage I ever put my eyes on. Heavy, bulky, poorly assembled, etc. Right from day one we had issues with assembly problems from spindles to pulleys to wheels. Not all of it was dealer assembler related. The deck top was thin and not reenforced properly and ultimately led to spindle misalignment from impacts that any red mower had shrugged off. The motor had all sorts of issues, particularly underpowered, loped, and ran poorly in cold weather. The cut took months of tweaking to get acceptable till the deck went south. Then I'll add that the damn thing was so heavy it would get stuck at least once a month. Never had an issue with any others. To the scags defense it was comfortable, looked good, and eventually left a nice cut/stripe however broken mowers do not make money.
I also bought a 2009 Grandstand which everyone knows was a huge lemon. That mower was equally as bad, but still I would fit an entire fleet with those before I buy another orange machine. I also realize everyone has their preference and area and dealer support influences it. For us even though red machine support has been weakened by orange dealer incentives, red still works best for us.