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As the title says, I’m getting ready to demo a scag v ride. Obviously, getting my hands on it will answer a lot of my questions, but I want an idea of what I’m getting myself into before I take it home for a day.

so I live in WV. For those not familiar, it ain’t flat. I’ve attached pics of a few of my yards for help. I also don’t mow 2 directions. I mow4,5,6 directions. I don’t like rutting out yards and I like changing patterns.

so, how do they handle hills? Up and down? Side to side? Diagonals? I’d be looking to buy(and demoing) a 52”. Is there anything I should know? I currently only own walk behinds. I have a 52(which this would be replacing) and a 36. My thought is the added speed, and fact it isn’t like 8 years old, will increase my production. But if it can’t hold hills, it’s just an $11k waste of space.
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A VRII will have no problem on that stuff. The beauty about the standers is that you can shift your body weight uphill to help get maximum traction.
awesome. I certainly have steeper stuff too. But it’s just small sections of a yard here or there. Which I could do with my 36” WB if needed. Those pics are a pretty fair overview of my average entire yards
 

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awesome. I certainly have steeper stuff too. But it’s just small sections of a yard here or there. Which I could do with my 36” WB if needed. Those pics are a pretty fair overview of my average entire yards
Keep in mind, it's never a good idea to go straight down a slope on a hydro unit. They don't stop well and tend to slide. You're definitely better on an angle. Some change out the factory tires for better grip.
 

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Keep in mind, it's never a good idea to go straight down a slope on a hydro unit. They don't stop well and tend to slide. You're definitely better on an angle. Some change out the factory tires for better grip.
Yeah I only do that on the less steep stuff. Prefer angles or across. I have one guy that requests I mow 4 different directions so don’t have a lot of option for him.
 

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There will be a learning curve for sure. Uphill will be easier than down for a while. Diagonals downwards may prove to be challenging for a bit too. Your lines won't be perfect in some directions but it won't take long. Everyone is different I suspect. Like D said, shifting your weight adds a lot to your experience.

Some have complained about traction with the 61 (no idea what it's like with a 52 vii) but on my 61vii I rarely try to move the machine with just one wheel spinning - always two (a person could really whip a cheetah around with one stick for example - I can't really do that on a v-ride 2)

Report back how it goes !!
 

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There will be a learning curve for sure. Uphill will be easier than down for a while. Diagonals downwards may prove to be challenging for a bit too. Your lines won't be perfect in some directions but it won't take long. Everyone is different I suspect. Like D said, shifting your weight adds a lot to your experience.

Some have complained about traction with the 61 (no idea what it's like with a 52 vii) but on my 61vii I rarely try to move the machine with just one wheel spinning - always two (a person could really whip a cheetah around with one stick for example - I can't really do that on a v-ride 2)

Report back how it goes !!
Thanks! Sounds like it might work out after all. Looking at my schedule, I hope to test it out next Wednesday. I’ll report back on my confidence in it.
 
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