Scag Or Husqvarna?????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sdalexander, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. sdalexander

    sdalexander LawnSite Member
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    I have a problem. I am looking at getting a new z-turn mower. I have narrowed it down to a Scag 52" Turf tiger w/ 27hp A/C Kohler and a Husqvarna 52" LZ-5227TXP w/ the same Kohler engine.

    I already own a Scag walk behind and have no complaints. A friend swears by the Husqvarna z-turns. I have researched everyhing and then some!! I was told that Husqvarna had a 5 year warranty, NOT TURE!!!! It only comes with a 2 yr. engine, 3 yr pump and wheel motors. The 5 yr covers everything else. The advertisement is certainly misleading!!

    Scag has the same engine warranty, 3 yr deck, and 3 yrs on the spindles. The Scag will only cost $400.00 more than the Husquvarnas.

    Question: Can I expect the same performance, reliability, maintenance cost on both mowers, durability on both? IYO, Which is the best investment?

    Like I said Scag walkbehind, 5 years and no complaints! Tough decision or not?
     
  2. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They're both good machines, but the Scag has a much better reputation. I think if you would demo each one you would clearly choose the Scag.
     
  3. QPC

    QPC LawnSite Member
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    any information about gravely 152z
     
  4. greenscapes inc.

    greenscapes inc. LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Posts: 137

    I have a husqvarna 48 " with the 21 hp Kawasaki and I have loved it so far. Never owned a scag. Im sure scag makes a great machine also. Demo them both and see which one you like better.
     
  5. Sir mowsalot

    Sir mowsalot LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Never had a husqevarna, but i do have a scag wildcat i bought new last oct. and i love it. Before i purchased it i demoed a ton of other brands(though not husq) and it really impressed me with the quality of cut, and it is built like a tank. Also if you have many hills go with the scag. It impressively holds a hill. Plus they hold their value IMO.
     
  6. TopNotchLS

    TopNotchLS LawnSite Member
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    I own a 2004 52" tiger cub with the honda 24hp. So far I love it. I've used John deer's at my old job. I've demoed grasshopper and ferris before and I went with the Scag. One reason is because of the tri steel deck, it's better then a stamped. I was also wondering why are you going with a turf tiger. The turf tiger goes 2mph faster, but has the same size deck as mine. My mower cost $7200. I don't know what prices you've gotten. Maybe a turf tiger is better for you then anything eles.
     
  7. mag360

    mag360 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have both.

    In 2004 I know Scag had the better machine (my Husky is an '04). However, I know they have made some improvements since then. Here is a list of parts failed on my Turf Tiger and Husky.

    2001 Turf Tiger 25/60, 1200+hrs
    1--hydro belt(around 800 hrs)
    1--deck idler pulley(around 800hrs or so)
    1--deck drive belt(due to the idler pulley failure)
    1--deck gearbox (at over 1000hrs)
    1--PTO clutch (at over 1000hrs)

    2004 Husqvarna XP 27/60 700+hrs
    1--hydro belt(dry rotted, it never really broke--at over 500 hrs)
    2--deck drive belts(around 300 and 600 hrs)
    2--deck spindles(around 200 and 500 hrs)

    Husky really lacks for traction, and hydros are very jerky.
    It does leave a nice cut and is fast. Not good in wet grass though.

    I do wish I had bought another Tiger at the time, but I wouldn't rule out Husky's new models as they have made improvements.
     
  8. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
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    If these are your ony 2 choices then I would go with the Scag hands down no question!
     
  9. Jake's Lawn Service

    Jake's Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 127

    I would go with the scag since you already got one and like it. Why buy a different brand?
     
  10. sdalexander

    sdalexander LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the input, thats why I love this site.
    Answering your questions:
    QPC- Here in East Tennessee I don'y know of any Gravely dealers, sorry no info on the 152z.

    mowerman/greenscapes- I have demoed both and actually have cut a little on both machines. I can't tell much of a difference in the two. I own a scag W/B now and have had no problems.

    TopNotchLS- I am going with the turf tiger because the turf tiger has a shaft driven cutting deck, and seems to be built a little heavier. Also, can't pass up the price on the turf tiger. I do understand what you're saying.
    I have a friend with a wildcaty 52", he said it rides like a bobcat front loader, any truth to that? I thought the turff tiger rode great, but don't know about the others.

    Sirmowsalot- Hills, Yes! This is East TN, nothing but hills. It's like the Forrest Gump of hills here; big hills, small hills, steep hills, you get the point!! Pretty much Scag, Exmark, and Husquvarna are all that is ran around here. Alot of my decision is based on service, poor service at the exmark dealer, shame.
    Every one swears by a scag here!! Resale is something I didn't think of, thanks, I believe that makes the decision right there!

    Thanks for all of your In put.
     

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