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Scag V Ride VS. Toro Grandstand - The Rundown

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GroundWorkx, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    Great question. Im curious to see some of the replys. Anybody with vrides chime in as well.
  2. Rvldesign

    Rvldesign LawnSite Member
    Posts: 200

    The wider tires do not stick out past deck. Technically it hurts trimablity some I guess but there wasn't really much to begin with I went to 8.5 versus I think 7 which was stock. I can still fit through 36" gates. But it illuminated almost all rutting and slipping that occasionally occurred in soft conditions. If you own a 36" mowers the wider tires is a must and best 100$ you could spend on your machine.
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  3. brunnersltd1

    brunnersltd1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    hello all ! great thread .... i have 2 grandstands 2011 52" 19hp kai 897 hrs
    2012 60" 26 hp fs 418 hrs..... my pros: very nimble, does great on hills, does not scalp (i had dealer install anti scalp wheels on the deck) or tear turf with the tires ..... controls are great not too stiff not too tight ( tip) you can dial up forward control speed by adjusting the the tracking nuts , youll have to adjust the safety swicthes accordingly as well, this is not that time consuming...
    my cons: does not cut well in wet or tall grass, does not cut well with very weedy turf as well... i dont like that the hand controls are connected via cabling to the hydro pump armatures, and that is because the cabling stretches over time creating the need to adjust on a frequent basis, my turf tracers do better cutting wet and or tall grass.Now , with this said, i have demoed the newest wright stander, johndeere wich is a green painted wright, scag vpro, exmark vantage and gravely pro stance,.... in my opinion/ decision moving foward wil be to purchase either the exmark vantage , or scag vride
  4. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,396

    Man that new JD/wright whatever you wanna call does look NICE, but I think I'm going with either the 36" Toro GS or the Exmark vantage, if my weight isn't a problem with the front end. I prefer them but if they don't work out i'll look at the V-ride I know there wouldn't be a problem for me there as I 've seen several videos with guys my size or bigger with no problems.. Looking to get late Spring/early summer..
  5. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

    I agree. I am on my second grandstand and echo the same sentiments. Not very good in tall wet or weedy lawns. But like you said it is very nimble and agile. After demoing the v Ride and the gravely I ended up buying another grandstand. The scag and gravely were not nearly as agile. They seemed bulky and harder to maneuver in tight areas.
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  6. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    We use gator blades year round I tried to get the G-6 gators but they don't make them for the GS's.
  8. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do the gators have a lift on them? It seems like gators would pack the deck even more unless they had a significant lift.
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  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    I've tried low lift, high lift and high lift gators the high lift gators worked best year round, we also mulch so the gators work best with that setup too. The biggest issue I have is with wet early morning dew yards, it makes the start of the day rough.
  10. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 100

    I just bought a new 52 inch Toro Grandstand with mulch kit today. I demoed all of the platforms except for the JD because they dont have any in stock and only order when buying. I am looking forward to running the mower. Will give a full review after I run it for a while. I was torn between the scag and toro and feel like I made the right choice.

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