Exmark or scag?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jameszell24, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. jameszell24

    jameszell24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Im 19 years old and ive been mowing for myself and working for a landscaping company but im about to start working only for myself, I cut a lot of restidental and im wanting either a 52-60 inch deck in either a scag or exmark, and was wanting to know witch one was cheaper to maintain and more relieable
  2. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Not sure, but I run mostly eXmark and they have not given me any issues at all. Have five different models running right now, and all are working well with no downtime other than what we schedule.
  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    In an instance like this, it's best to find the best dealer support. I've never operated a Scag for more than about 15 minutes and I was very pleased, albeit inexperienced. I've put hundred of hours on Exmarks and am very acquainted with them. They are reliable and relatively easy to service. Like I said, I've never run a Scag for a long time, but I do like the Exmark models. Hope that helps.

    And again, I believe dealer support is critical in this decision. No matter which mower you get, as they are both top-quality, finding somebody who's willing to help you and take care of you as a customer might be the deciding factor.
  4. jameszell24

    jameszell24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Could you tell me as far as spindles belts or air filters which is cheaper?
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    I've used exmarks and scags, both are competent machines. no major issues so long as you maintain them. consumables are going to be about the same price on either machine...

    As others have mentioned. dealer support is key. if you planon doing all you own wrench twisting then its a toss up., IMO

    I would opt for the 52 rather than the 60.
  6. jameszell24

    jameszell24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    thanks for all the help
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    Just demoed a Scag TT 61"...I'm used to a Exmark Lazer 60".

    The Lazer Z runs circles around the scag as far as maneuverability.

    IMO, the scag doesn't cut as smooth, and feels extremely heavy.

    The Scag definitely has a better seat...and looks cooler.

    Reliability...Both are excellent quality....but give me the exmark.
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,854

    do you mean replacement cost or build quality?

    exmark and scag they are both high end, I have been running 07 exmarks for the past 2 years, zero down time so far. you will be fine with either make.
  9. Shasta Lake Landscaping

    Shasta Lake Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    I would say scag. I love all our scags, plus I'm not really a fan of the new plastic Z movement. Area dealer support is critical.
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,854

    what is the plastic z movement?

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