Scag Cougar - Are they a decent mower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by davidcalhoun, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I know that Scag has not made this specialty mower for a couple years now. I just wanted to know what people thought of them. Are they a decent mower?

    The 27 HP liquid cooled unit with a 52" deck sounds interesting.

    I like the concept of one deck being able to bag, mulch, and side discharge. Did the Scag Cougar deck perform these tasks well or was it lacking in one or more areas?

    Depending on the responses, I might see if any dealers still had any left over in inventory. If you know a dealer who has any, please let me know. I might even consider a low hour machine.

    Thanks.
     
  2. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    They discharge to the left
     
  3. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes, I am aware of that. I guess I would have to retrain myself to start the other direction on the first two boader laps when side-discharging.
     
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    You should of seen the mess i made when i demoed one:laugh:
     
  5. davidcalhoun

    davidcalhoun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Any Scag guys with some experience on this machine? Would like to hear from some people who may have used this machine over a period on time.
     
  6. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    haha

    I looked at one earlier and heard there was a lot of reliability problems with them so I steared clear.
     
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We bought a used Scag Cougar around 2000 after TruGreen tested it for one year. The machine has been perfect for our application. Our unit is 48" with 25hp Kohler. In the summer we mulch with the outlet closed, and in the winter we bag rye grass. Sometimes when we do a field we side discharge. The machine has good suction almost as good as our Walker. The only thing wrong with our unit is that the blade speed is a lot lower than our new Scag Tiger and that means you can't run as fast. Maybe they have increased the speed on new units. The unit weighs a lot but everything is rock solid and very reliable. I didn't think they made the unit anymore?
     

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