Why Scag's V-Ride scares me.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by HenryB, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looks like a great machine at a fair price. Lots of posts on here about them. Last year I bought one 61 in for $7000. I was happy until my guys flat out did not like it. I fought them to give it a try but after 2 months and 40hrs I sold it at a big loss. My freind bought the same machine last year now wants to sell his 50hrs. I see these VRides for sale all over with 25, 19, 30,100hrs etc etc for sale. Why I'm wondering. I wasn't crazy about the handling especially on hills but it wasn't that bad. Guys seem to prefer a WB with a sulky.:confused:
     
  2. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a 52" and I like. Then again, it is the first stander I've had.

    What I don't understand is why the operator platform is so damn high. If they lowered it down, and dropped the controls with it, it would "feel" much more stable. Maybe your guys prefer the lower to the ground feeling of a sulky. I don't see how they could prefer the pistol grips over the v-ride controls.
     
  3. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
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    I myself thought the controls were a bit too low. Not sure if I'm buying 2 v rides or 2 vantages
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  4. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Come to think of it, they seem low to me too and I am only 5'8". Maybe if they just dropped the platform down. The problem with the controls is that they are near waist level and you feel like you have no forward stability with that much of your body above them. I can live with it though. The decks and cut are amazing. Gettin' a Turf Tiger next week. Can't wait.
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I just started running mine this week and like it. There is a learning curve like anything but it will not replace a Walkbehind completely.
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  6. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    I agree on lowering the platform. Thing is, the controls are to low as well. If you lowered both platform and controls, it will still have the controls lower then they should be. I checked one out. I'm 6'2" and I in no way could use one. I was leaning over worse then ever. I like my Scag mower but skip the stander AND that ridiculous Pro-V junk. The TT and other models are nice and I stand behind the cut with a Scag V-Plus deck.
     
  7. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
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    Well I'm 6ft and had a 6'3" guy on it also. Never thought they were low when using it. Having at that height allows it to go under low branches. The platform height could be slightly lower but I'm guessing it is a clearance issue on hills and unloading off the trailer.
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  8. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I didn't like mine at first due to hillside traction. It takes some practice but in time it will come. My favorite mower now and would love to have a 61in fuel injected when Scag makes one. I've bottomed out the platform on mine going in and out of ditches that are steep. So it's not too low for my taste.
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  9. KnK

    KnK LawnSite Member
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    if you have ran a walkbehind/sulky for twenty years the switch to a stander is not going to come in a weeks worth of hours, i will cut circles around a walkbehind/ sulky with my stander, with that said i have one account that i almost flipped my walkbehind 3 diff times last season, Super STEEP, on that one a stander is not the best choice, if you want a mower to cut 100% of everything get a walkbehind, if you want something to cut 95% of everything super fast get a stand on ( that 1/4 to 3/4 acre is where standers shine imo)
     
  10. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well said!!
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