Scag's new walk behind SWZT review!! With pics!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by GMLC, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Im not aware of any Scags with bolt on anti scalp wheels but I could be wrong. If you could find some you would have to drill holes in the deck to install them. The SWZT has the Kawi FS series engines. They are similar to the FX series minus the nice air filtration system.
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  2. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I looked at one of these the other day and liked just about everything about it except: no Velocity deck and the y use Hydrogear's 2800 transmissions--NOT the 3100. I decided to research these transmissions, and here's what I found directly from Hydrogear....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dGYFzTAl70
     
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well that was good information. The snapper sw20 in36" uses the 3100, we run one of those but planned to move to this scag. I don't understand what they imply when they say certain things on the 2800 are optional?
     
  4. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think what they are implying is that a transmission purchased directly from Hydrogear could have certain component options, but I doubt Scag will make them available. Don't get me wrong--Scag makes great equipment. Stick with the SWZ if you get a Scag walk behind, or if you want a good value look at Bobcat mowers.
     
  5. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had two of my guys pick up the SWZT for a demo yesterday. The properties they were mowing had been fertilized just a few weeks ago and were very green and moderately thick. By the time I arrived, they had already cut three properties. They raved about the cut, the height adjustment on the deck, and the ultra smooth operation. I was anxious to give it a try so I mowed with it for about 15 minutes on the next property. Honestly, everything GMLC said in the above quote is exactly right and spot on with the experience I had running the SWZT. The front end does pop-up going up hills, there was a spot here and there with slight scalping, the cut wasn't great once you got above 3.5 inches. On the "cons", there's really nothing more I can add, he's covered it all very well. He also covered the "pros" very well but I'd like to stress that there are some things on this machine that are outstanding. This is the smoothest operating WB I've ever run. The control in forward or reverse is absolutely excellent. Within minutes of operating this machine, you feel like you've got complete control and could put it in the tightest areas without a problem. Phenomenal. The deck lift is extremely simple and brilliant. Why don't all WB's have a system similar to this? It's just so easy and quick - which is something I definitely want in a WB.

    I really liked this machine. Even with the "cons", the "pros" have me thinking I might have to buy an SWZT.



    Side note - give a shout out to GMLC. His review of the SWZT is probably the most accurate review I've ever read.
     
  6. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thanks brotha!! I appreciate the kind words. I try to be as honest as possible even though some may not like everything I post.

    Im glad you finally got your hands on the SWZT. Its a great machine with some of the best features I have experienced on a WB. My feeling is it will be a hit and the few cons WILL be ironed out shortly by Scag.
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  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Any thoughts/experiences on different blade choices to help w/ QOC above 3"?
     
  8. Church2224

    Church2224 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was skeptical about this unit but with all the positive reviews about it I might have to check into this. Thanks again for the review GMLC, I might have to get the 36 next year.
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We bought a 36" unit today . I noticed 2 things right off that I don't like. The start rop4 pulls out at 90degrees which makes it hard to start when in closed trailer or when a second mower is alongside. That is a kawasaki thing and we have to see if they still carry an optional recoil that comes out a little more to rear. Second thing is thumb operating devices for neutral are hard to operate. To come out of neutral you always go a little bit in reverse, not good. Snapper Pro definitely has better controls. But what heck I won't be running it and not many better units around.
     
  10. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
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    You're absolutely right. I never really thought about it until I read your comment. I'm sure you'd get used to it eventually but in the beginning the thumb gadget is a little awkward to operate.
     

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