Exmark vs. Scag?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by clutch20, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Scag is old school. Same for Dixie. You couldn't give me one especially that damn turf tiger you guys worship on here.

    Exmark, gravely, Deere, and husqvarna I would take before a scag
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  2. Church2224

    Church2224 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well, the Exmark Turf Tracers, Vikings, and metros are old school as well. The designs have been pretty much the same with minor changes for a long time. That said, those mowers are tanks. I am an Exmark guy by nature but I can admit the Scag Turf Tiger is still a relevant mower, and what about the Cheetah?

    Gravely is just incredible though.
     
  3. clutch20

    clutch20 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Michigan
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    Which has the better cut? And which is more affordable?
     
  4. crusty_crab80

    crusty_crab80 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alaska
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    Says you are from Wasilla. Theres only a toro, walker, JD and husky out there. Are you a dealer already? It would be great to have another brand around to purchase.

    I've always wondered about the shocks on the Ferris mower. Do they actually make a difference?
     
  5. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't trust Gravely... yet. I realize they're re-making themselves and are supposedly putting out some nice equipment nowadays but it wasn't long ago that they were a step behind the competition.

    I don't trust JD either. A contractor friend of mine owned a couple of JD ZTR's... briefly. He dumped them because he had a lot of issues with those mowers. They were something like 2007 or 2008 models... so maybe things are better with JD now.

    I don't even consider Husqvarna on the same level as the other machines you've mentioned here.

    I've owned and ran Exmarks and Toro ZTR's for over a decade. They're fine machines, no doubt about it. I still own a couple and I do prefer Exmark WB's. But in 2013 I purchased 3 Turf Tigers and it was a good move for me. My crews have become more productive since adding the Turf Tigers. So much so that in the spring 2014, I added a 72" Scag Cheetah. I imagine I'll probably run Scag until something better comes along... but at a similar price point, I don't see anything that beats Scag currently. If I believed there was something better, I'd switch because I am not brand loyal. I run Scag ZTR's because, in my opinion, they're the best and that's the same reason I run Exmark WB's. I couldn't careless about the color of the machine. I care about getting the job done and doing it well.
     
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Check out the pz huskys. Very nice machines.

    Scags and exmarks aren't really comparable. Two different mowers for different situations. You cannot bEat any exmark qoc on a quality fescue lawn.
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  7. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
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    Of course they're comparable - they're both commercial grade ZTR's. I think you seriously underestimate the cut of the Velocity Plus deck. Everyone likes to say "you can't beat the quality of the cut on an Exmark". It's a nice cut but the Velocity is right there with it and the Scag is a more versatile machine.

    BTW, high end is what I do. I wouldn't switch ZTR brands if I wasn't sure I could maintain the same quality of service.
     
  8. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
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    The next ZTR I buy may be another Exmark. I'm interested in the "Red" technology but I'm waiting to see how that pans out.
     
  9. Marshmallow

    Marshmallow LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
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    Red tech is for employees that don't know their thumb from their... You can't screw up the pto engagement rpms and it also has a setting where the mower cannot be put at full throttle to save fuel because the crew beats everything to hell. I suppose it would be good for everyone but it's clearly made for owners that aren't as involved as a solo or two man crew. You have to understand ex mark/toro has 50% market and most of that is huge companies with many trucks. Equipment has to be easy to use and tough.
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  10. Church2224

    Church2224 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Every one I have talked to out in the field that owns a Deere does not like it. Gravely I hear are good units these days.

    I like Scag, Exmark and Toro for the most part, as well as Bob-Cats. I am with Dathorpe on this too, nothing really beats an Exmark Walk Behind. Gravely and Bob-Cat are really close though.
     

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