36" SCAG mower price question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by ToddS, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. ToddS

    ToddS LawnSite Member
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    I have been offered a used 2001 36" SCAG, 15hp Kawasaki engin, hydo with a floating deck for $1,999. This mower has approximately 200 hrs. Is this a good price or worth looking more into this deal? Just wondering if buying a used mower has any advantages/disadvantages over buying a new mower other then the bottom $. I am just starting out and don't want to invest a lot of money, but also want a reliable mower. I am hoing to get 30 weekly accounts. I have no "backup" mower if my mower breaks down. Thanks

    ToddS
     
  2. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Jump on it!
     
  3. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    36" is the only downfall...pretty small
     
  4. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah, only about 3 to 4 acres/hour. hehe


    36" is perfect for most residentials, fits in 90% of back gates, agile, quick, love mine, though mine is an eXmark. But I have used scags in the past and they are tanks.
     
  5. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    3-4 acres an hour with a 36" mower? you must be smoking grass, not mowing it! what a joke...at 80-100% mowing capacity,you can mow about 2.0 acres in 1 hour at 5MPH on a 36" cut....spend the extra, go buy a 48", and in the spring, figure out which places you need to get creative with in terms of fitting in gates...totally worth it. I only had 12 lawns last year, but this year have 2 big contracts and 40 and would never go smaller than a 48"..I have a 52" 1000Z IS from Ferris and a 48" walk-behind
     
  6. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
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    I could have got a new Scag 36’’ fixed deck belt drive. I think it was a 12 or 14 hp Kohler for $1500.00. It was last years model.At the time I was looking for a 60’’. I haven’t priced any 36’’ lately but that looks like a great price to me! I do know that the Scag is one tough machine. Scag has proven itself to be a reliable machine. good luck!
     
  7. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I should add Scag and Ferris are the two best you can buy
     
  8. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My 36" TTHP mows 2.75 acres/hour.

    So was 3 that far off? That machine with the 15HP kawi should do about 6.2 MPH. So, sorry....it should cut about 2.5 to 2.75 acres/hour. For that price, being a hydro with that few hours on it, I'd take it.
     
  9. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    price is good, but you aren't cutting that much per hour unless you have 1 large field with nothing in it
     
  10. young's turf

    young's turf LawnSite Member
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    3 acres an hour with a 36 ......are you running or walking
    come on no way ....we cut 2 acres all open space.. to make it look good
    maybe 55 mins to an hour 10mins and that's with a 60 in rider exmark Z 27hp find it har to beleave
     

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