Why Scag's V-Ride scares me.

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

  1. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We don't have any standers where I'm at either. Customers sometimes want to look at it and ask questions cause they've never seen them. 1 account we have is simply because of the V-Ride. We sometimes use a residential JD and the customer asked if we could mow her yard with "the big orange mower."

    We don't have any issues with our 52 v-ride scalping but we don't use it to mow ditches or really uneven terrain either. That's why I bought a 36 wb with sulky. I haven't found anything yet it can't mow and do a good job on. I think a small wb is a must for any business. They are just so versatile, esp when you add a sulky.
     
  2. Rvldesign

    Rvldesign LawnSite Member
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    I've had a lot of customers and other people stop to ask about the "orange thing". Said they like it a lot and that it makes mowing the yard look fun. I just h e to remind them it's still hot and they don't want to do it.
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  3. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just remind them it is $7000 worth of fun and they won't have a problem with keeping you mowing their lawn. Your average person has no idea how expensive these things are. Hell, I thought I was big time when I bought my first residential JD for my own lawn:laugh:
     
  4. Rvldesign

    Rvldesign LawnSite Member
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    Yea I've told them how much it cost and said you will have to use it for over 6 years to break even with this purchase and they usually oh wow ill keep watching.
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  5. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
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    On flat ground you can "cut a circle" around a walkbehind, though on flat ground a rider will cut a circle around your stander. These standers WILL NOT cut anymore of a slope than a rider. So you will always need a walkbehind in areas with slopes. They might be the newest thing, but they are really not that versatile or useful of a machine.

    If you have alot of flat ground and a tight budget then they may work just fine for you.

    A 40" TORO grandstand correctly set up by a dealer is slower than an Exmark metro on flat pavement. Food for thought.

    A 36" Exmark Vantage is faster than a 48" Turf Tracer w/sulky but not appreciatively so.

    On Bermuda turf, the bigger tires on a Vantage either cause turn damage or result in a slower turn than a TT.

    I have run these machines through my own testing procedures and this is what I have found.
     
  6. MTenterprises

    MTenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had almost decided to go to ALL walk behinds ( exmark turf tracer and Viking) but got a great deal on my vride. I will not go back to sit down ztrs. They are ridiculously heavy and overkill in most situations. It's really more of a " hey look at me, I have a zero turn" kinda thing with many yard guys.
     
  7. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have to agree with you on that one. If you have good flat ground and got a deal on the stander, good for you. I actually like the vantage on open level ground.
     
  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I can see keeping a WB at all times and making the decision between a stander and Z.
     
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    For me the combination is a 52" Vride and a 36" Turf Tracer. Very versatile and fast for residentials.
     
  10. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have several single home, 7-12 acres properties to mow on a weekly basis. I mow them with 60" riders and believe me, it's not to have someone "look at me". And don't try to tell me that a stander would do just as well.
     

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