Calling all Scag V-Ride owners!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sweetland, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. sweetland

    sweetland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,441

    To all those V-Ride owners, how do you like it?
    Till the end of the month Scag is having a great deal on the V-Ride and I'm 90% about to pull the trigger and sign on the dotted line. I have a demo lined up this week but I was looking for insight from current owners on what to watch out for and what problems if any should I bring up to the rep? There are a few threads on here but nothing really gets accomplished on them.

    I just want to know if I should get one or not in your honest opinion
    Thanks in advance.
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  2. THEoneandonlyLawnRanger

    THEoneandonlyLawnRanger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    i have the 52 inch, I went from a 54" John Deere walkbehind.
    Pros-
    1. Very fast
    2. Excellent cut (deck clogs a little in wet stuff but i havent seen one that didnt)
    3. Very manuverable
    4. Price was cheaper than the competition (locally)
    5. Comfortable for the operator (as compared to my walkbehind)

    Cons.
    1. Not good on hills
    2. Sucks gas
    3. Have some problems with scalping when tire drops into hole or running on some hilly conditions.

    All in all i would buy another one, I have gotten alot more comfortable operating on hills, As I've stated in another post I was planning on buying a 60 zero and a 48 walkbehind, but decided to buy the 52 vride. That saved me thousands and not to mention maintaing two machines. Blasts through my big yards and still small and manuverable enough for my small ones. OF course theres alot of little things i would change if i were designing it but that goes with anybody and anything. IF you have any other questions feel free to ask me!
     
  3. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    Same as the above post. Sucks gas like water on a hot day. Scalps easy if you aren't careful. Will tear up some ground if you aren't very very careful. Very heavy.

    Had both wheel motors and 1 hydro pump replaced at 150 hours on mine. Toro feels smoother and my crew likes the toro stand on machine better, but the v-ride is a nicer cut and faster too.
     
  4. TGG2008

    TGG2008 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 77

    I bought two for this year and after 90 & 100 hours on each machine I have no real complaints. The weight is heavy compared to most. The 48" will scalp so some manuevering with the deck lift lever is our work around. Overall, a nice cut, good discharge, fast when useful. If your a heavier person though you will bottom out on the springs that cushion the platform so don't put too much trust in those when going over bumps or driveway lips, etc. I still don't take crazy hills on sideways but climbing a hill is easy if you lean forward some. My GS demo last year could not take what I can do with this.
     
  5. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,343

    We have 3 now and really likethem we ran wright prior and switched to scag because they are bullet proof. Much better cut in our opinion.
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  6. tjlco

    tjlco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    Just bought 2 today, love scag's and glad to have them back on my trailer, can't wait to work tomorrow
     
  7. addictedtolandscaping

    addictedtolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 569

    I picked one up a few weeks ago, and same thing love it. I had all scags way back when and had nothing but problems. I was really hesitant to buy this one, but the $ made sense. If I could get rid of my Ferris 3100, there would be another orange monster on the trailer!!!
     
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Same as above post as well.
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  9. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
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    The cut on my 61 is great but like above it will scalp or at least go a bit uneven if you hit a dip. But the 61 is VERY fast for a stander Ive got 70 hrs on it so far in a month and no complaints other than it takes a little while to get the lines straight compared to the Wrights but now I can go straight no prob. I will say the 29 hp drinks alot of fuel into the 2 gph range. My Dixie 33 gets like 1.3 on the Generac and the other 28 EFI is arounf 1 GPH so the fuel is an issue that is disturbing but all in all im happy.
     
  10. MOWER-MAN

    MOWER-MAN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I have a 36 and a 52 bought the 52 this year . My saying is mow it once with a scag or mow it twice with a wright. Run nothing but scag now. Yes they love gas.
     

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