Scag SW

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by kawasaki guy, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
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    is this one a gd deal? have a lot of friends with mowers from the same time and LOVE THEM! have had no major issues, and would not upgrade unless they die. 1300 is what this guy wants, but talk him down to 1100 or 1000, and would be a pretty sweet deal for a lightly used mower. I have operated them before, and liked the feel, and I think they are easy to use. DONT TELL ME TO GET A HYDRO, BC TOO EXPENSIVE TO BUY AND REPAIR FROM WHAT I HEAR AND BELTS ARE GOOD ARM EXERSIZE FROM WHAT I HAVE HEARD!

    http://cnj.craigslist.org/grd/4631919524.html
     
  2. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had a older version SW36 and I got to tell you- It was rock solid. Many guys will say go hydro .. But I had zero problems with mine. owned it for 5 years. I bought it for a 'parts' mower and paid ridicules price for it ($60)- but loved the feel and performance of it so much it was my main mower. Only downside I thought about was the assisted reverse. That gets old but is livable. I never had a belt slipping problem and I used a velke on it a lot. I now have a Scag 48 hydro but only because I got a sweet deal on it and have other mowers also. I accually regret selling the 36 but I have a 32" belt so 36 wasn't needed. I think by the looks $1000 is good. A non belt guy may think different but it does look really good yet and is a top notch commercial machine. You'd pay almost half that for a 21" box store machine
    Just my humble opinion
     
  3. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks for the input! Very helpful:)
     
  4. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    The scag SW is the walk behind standard by which all others were/are measured.
    IT is the longest running, still produced commercial machine you can buy today.
    For a reason.
    It's still a desirable, productive machine.

    As far as "exercise" goes… the belt drive is easier on the hands/grip/forearms than an SWZ and I'm really not that impressed with the SWZ limited reverse speed anyway (why the heck does it go so slow in reverse?)
    It's about the same as pulling the SW backwards ,IMO.

    Sw is light and less ( a lot less) likely to tear grass.
     
  5. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
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    bought it.. needs an oil gasget and tire. about $150. good investment.
     
  6. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
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    that is what I have heard also! It was not as hard to pull as I thought. Thanks.
     
  7. mowisme

    mowisme LawnSite Senior Member
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    Glad to hear you bought it. You won't be disappointed. Grease is your friend so keep spindles, ect greased at regular intervals. Don't forget the ones on wheels too. Enjoy your mower.
     
  8. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thanks! now, i hope my 10-20 year grease gun will still work...
     

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