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Is Exmark really the best? or was it the best?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by BLC14, Sep 13, 2012.


Exmark or Scag?

  1. Exmark

    74 vote(s)
  2. Scag

    58 vote(s)
  1. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    I've never come across a mower that will be 100% clump free in wet grass. at the least they will drop clumps after shutting off the blades or all the bouncing on the trailer from job to job.

    my toro grandstand doesn't clump in wet grass until I shut the blades down. none of my exmarks do either.
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,229

    I have no complaints except it doesn't have anywhere near as much vacuum as my JD's
  3. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,045

    They double cut with the scag then the exmark came in for a third and final cut.
  4. TJ Property

    TJ Property LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 217

    Old school scag im assuming. i own 2 advantage deck machines never have a issue. The velocity is a far cry better then them decks as well. I had a bunch of exmarks myself new old they lay some of the best stripes, but scag is a great machine as well.
  5. mowcrazy

    mowcrazy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 884

    I always post on the exmark vs scag debates because Ive owned them both. I actually went from exmark to scag but not because I thought exmark was a garbage machine.

    heres the deal, If I mowed nothing but treated, fertilized perfect grass in my area id have the OLDER exmarks but im no fan of these new ones at all. Not next gen anyways. Reason for this is because they simply lay some of the best stripes and in good grass I don't think scag is any better.


    In southwest ohio where Im mowing 95% of the lawns that i mow are nothing but weedy, crab grass infested crap holes. With that being said the scag with the new VELOCITY deck is far more superior to the untracut in these types of conditions. Throw a little bit of dew into the equasion and thats when the scag really stands out between the two.......

    Like I said, it i had perfect conditions and my mowing schedule allowed me to wait until the dew burned off every morning Id prolly still have red mowers.

    So Its a toss up, someone said go demo each and I couldnt agree more. Take each one to your NASTIEST thickest yards, maybe even when its a little wet out in the morning if you plan on mowing early mornings and make up your own mind........
  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,336

    Exmark guy but I have had the opportunity to use a turf tiger a wild cat and a cheetah. I was very impressed with the controls on the cheetah super tight super accurate if you were barefoot on the lawn I would feel comfortable mowing around your feet and maintaining half an inch margin. I wouldn't try that with my old lazers. The power was awesome and so was the speed. Now all scag needs to do is throw an ultra cut deck on and they have a winner. There is no comparison scags have and probably always will cut like crap compared to the exmark which is a shame since over all they are a great machine other wise. I tease the scag rep when ever I see him at a show I like him allot but not enough to switch to an inferior cut.
  7. BLC14

    BLC14 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    Thanks for the responses guys earlier this year i demoed and exmark next gen at the dealer but the thing is we were in a drought so the grass wasn't even tall maybe I was cutting about a inch off and it was dry. The deck was at 3.5 and it laid some great stripes,using that mower felt like driving a Cadillac. But then I realized that when i demoed it it was pretty much the perfect conditions and I won't always have that. I absolutely will go demo both the exmark and scag again and maybe even a dixie since there is a close dealer.
  8. CandyAces

    CandyAces LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    I have a new Exmark walk behind that doesn't cut nearly as good as the old one I used to have. I also have a scag turf tiger that cuts like a dream and is built like a tank but I don't like the scag walk behinds so I just keep running the exmark on steep hills.
  9. acculawnsystems

    acculawnsystems LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    We used Exmark for the last 16 years with little problems. You just need to keep up with the maintenance. They will last.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    The biggest complaint I hear from the LCOs in my area that run Scags is that they're heavy and prone to rutting the lawn and have to be turned carefully to avoid tearing the turf. Otherwise they really like them. More and more are running Bob-Cats it seems, probably more than there would be otherwise because the Bob-Cat dealer is downright excellent.

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