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Getting back in soon and need advice on mower.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KathysLGC, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    I've done searches but still looking for more direct advice. Going in again solo for next year. I have my Ferris which i may sell to help with the cost of the new mower. For solo what is best zero turn rider or hydro wb? I was thinking a wb because they now have the same hp as riders and with a Velke it's basicaly a rider.

    Next I am looking at brands. There are very few variaties i can chose from locally. We have here Scag, Exmark but i want to demo the hustler. I can do most of the repairs myself so should i worry about a dealer close by?

    IMPACT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    Do you have a Wright dealer close by? A Stander may be the ticket for you, and it will leave you more room on a ten foot trailer for other equipment.
  3. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Not that i know of but I'll do a dealer search. I never thought it would be this hard selecting a new mower. Sure I can test drive mowers but I am versitle and can adapt to many differnt type of mowers. I used the t bar on the toro and a bunch of pistol grips. I would like to see why every one like the ecs of exmark.

    I basicaly want to know what guys in my area are using and how it's working for them.
    FYI around here there is mostly bluegrass/fescue/ryegrass.
  4. cward

    cward LawnSite Member
    Messages: 190

    All the brands you mention are top notch. If one model doesn't sway your opinion, let the dealer. I use Gravely. Why? Because my dealer will come and get my mower if there is a problem, if he can't fix it the same day, he will bring me another unit to utilize. The support you get could be the deciding factor.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I don't want to step on anyones toes here that use this, but I have heard from a lot of Scag users around here that they hate their Scags. One of the worst investments they ever made. Now that is from 5 to 6 different companies here, because I asked around because I was going to get a Scag at one time.
  6. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    I've heard that about the scag wb's but not the riders.
  7. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,170

    I think you will like the Hustler if you give it a try and they have a very good warranty.
  8. RobH

    RobH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    I bought a new hydro w/b this year and love it. It cuts great and stripes great. I guess there is good and bad with every manufacturer.

    I'd probably still choose a dealer that is nearby even if you plan to do the repairs yourself. He may offer you a loaner if your machine needs parts and it would also be easier to get parts if your dealer is nearby.

    I think there are a lot of good machines out there. Guys will argue for days on what they think is the best and why. However, one thing that most guys here will agree upon is the importance of dealer support.
  9. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,180

    kinda heard the same thing as Troy. Didnt give it to much thought, until i heard it again from a guy that runs scag AT THE SCAG DEALER...I am heavily considering a scag, but demoing i think will be the best bet.

    Thats what you need to do.


  10. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    yea I have a scag w/b that I bought last year. I really wish i sticked with bobcat or got an exmark. Next season I am selling both my w/b. I am probably going with the 48" tthp and 52" tt and get proslides on both.

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