Toro or Scag ?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by eakern, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. eakern

    eakern LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 39

    Hey Folks,

    I'm in the process of starting up and have been trying to decide on equipment. I was thinking that starting out with a 36" walk behind would be the most practical piece to purchase first and save the Z-rider for later. I ma stuck between a gear driven Scag and a gear driven Toro. The scag is going for around $1,500 and the Toro around $2,700. Is there any difference other than money ? I'm confused why the Toro is so much higher in price. I wish that I could afford a hyro but am hestitant to spend the money. Any suggestions ?
     
  2. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    I would think that Scag would be the best choice there. We're running three of them right now with no complaints.

    What part of GA are you in?

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  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Try them both out. Cut some grass with them and see which you like better. Your the one that must be happy with whatever you purchase.
     
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    I have both and i like the Toro alot better than the scag, my toro has the ''T-bar'' controls, if you are gonna mow all day with it then i suggest the toro, i dont like the smaller tires on the scag, seems to not handle good out in the country on ruffer yards, after all day on the machines my arms and hands are not as tired and cramped as when i use the scag, my toro has the 15hp kaw and the scag has the 15 hp kohler, seems the kaw has twice the hp and torque, any way they are my opinions, if you can try both out and see for your self
     
  5. eakern

    eakern LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 39

    I'm in Oxford Georgia. A small town about 30 miles from Atlanta.
     
  6. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    That price for the Toro 36 sounds way too steep. I paid $2,795 for my Toro Proline 48 gear back in June. Before I bought it, I priced and identically equipped Scag 48 with the advantage deck. That dealer wanted $2,999 and would not budge at all on the price. I did ask the Scag dealer what a 36 would run and he told me $2,499, so I figured the extra 12" of cut was well worth the money. The Toro dealer I bought from wanted to deal and wanted my business, so he got the sale. The Scag dealer in so many words said, this is the list price, take it or leave it. Good luck to you in your purchase, and let us know what you decide to do.
     
  7. capescaper

    capescaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    i think toro gives a much better cut besides for the price of any one of them go with belt driven hydro is not worth it its only good for reverse
     
  8. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,194

    Scag is my choice, but either you've mentioned are excellent.

    Something isn't right about the prices you stated.
    Toro is too high.
    Scag is really low, sounds like a very good price, as in you ought to double check.

    Either way, get a mulching kit & blades, and a two wheel sulky, you won't regret either of these.
     
  9. BOSS MAN

    BOSS MAN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    i'd get the 36" toro hydro personally. we're running three of them and they are all worth the money. toro in my opinion is the best mower on the market.
     
  10. lawnmowermannh

    lawnmowermannh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    I agree with 65hoss try them both out and get what you think you'll be confortable with. Also determine what kind of properties you'll be doing. I like hydro driven for hills
     

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