Scag, JD, Exmark suspunsion?????????????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by deerex, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. deerex

    deerex LawnSite Member
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    How come many of the top zero turn makers do not offer suspensions on there mowers? Is it because of scalping issues, or trying to keep cost down on already the most expensive mowers on the market. What is it. It does not make sense to me.
     
  2. demhustler

    demhustler LawnSite Bronze Member
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    why not? if it sells as is - why should they bother? while it stays so - they will tel ya: "if it ain't broken - don fix it; + 4 those speeds - low tire pressure - good enough; - here's your suspunsion" :laugh:
     
  3. deerex

    deerex LawnSite Member
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    That is a good point. I would still think at some time they would go to a suspension, but maybe not.
     
  4. johnroscoe

    johnroscoe LawnSite Member
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    I'll take the upgraded seat on the Scag Turf Tiger anyday.

    I understand that with independent suspension like on the Ferris, the deck can dip when you slow down and turn at the end of a row.
     
  5. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
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    There are several ways to make a mower with independent suspension that wont make the deck dip at all. I don't know why nobody has produced one.

    Ferris's system isn't perfect; it will dip a little bit. Low tire pressure causes dipping and uneven cut too.
     
  6. deerex

    deerex LawnSite Member
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    I just got a new JD 925 about a month ago and the dealer put a new suspension seat on a couple of weeks after I bought it. I agree John those suspension seats make a world of difference.
     
  7. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Suspension:

    More stuff to go wrong.

    More stuff to wear out.

    More weight.

    More money.


    Keep 10psi in the rear tires and use AIR filled Ribbed Carlisle tires in the front casters (8psi), coupled with a good suspension seat, and I'm totally happy.
     
  8. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Scag has the Cheetah coming out soon. One of the reasons the "more expensive" mowers don't just come out with a mower with a suspension is they do alot of r & d and demoing to make sure the product is the best it can be. That way when they release them to the dealers the buyer don't have to be the guinny pig. You get what you pay for. :usflag:
     
  9. deerex

    deerex LawnSite Member
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    I for sure feel that the rough ride on my JD is due to the solid front tires. I may try switching out the solid tires for the air filled ones. I like the idea of no flat front tires but I have always run slime in my tires and have never had downtime due to a flat. Has anyone else switched the front tires from solid to air or air to solid? What were the ride results?
     
  10. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've had a lot of mowers with various tires ( solid and air ) and came to the conclusion that the ribbed Carlisle's ride the smoothest. I was never able to get as smooth a ride with slicks.
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