Hustler Fast Track or Scag Freedom?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by sbrogan78, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. sbrogan78

    sbrogan78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I'm a home owner of about 2.5 acres and am considering buying a Hustler Fast Trak or a Scag Freedom. Any thoughts?
  2. jason72g

    jason72g LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    We had a FastTrak Super Duty and we loved it. Handled anything we threw at it. I would almost say, without knowing the price differenc, if you can go for the SCAG in terms of $$ then you should. You can never go wrong with SCAG and I have heard people say the cut quality on the Hustler isn't miraculous.

    Of course we thought it was great, but that's all we knew... We had no experience with any other ZTR brand.
  3. sbrogan78

    sbrogan78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    The freedom is the lower end of the scag and comparable in price with the hustker. Within a couple hundred dollars. I have heard the scag cuts really nice but the deck on the freedom is a different deck then all the other higher end Scag's so I didn't know how well it performed in comparison.
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  4. Brules

    Brules LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma
    Messages: 958

    Even though the Freedom Z does not have the velocity deck, it still cuts and stripes better than the hustler deck. They use the same hydros, similiar motors etc. The Hustler "looks" a little more commercial, but they are actually pretty much the same spec wise.

    The Freedom Z needs a canister air filter though I think.....
  5. sbrogan78

    sbrogan78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I'm also not a fan of the cable used on the deck elevation. Wouldn't think I would cost that much more to do like the other models.
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  6. IS500Z

    IS500Z LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    The Freedom Z has its own deck and does not use the Velocity deck like the rest of Scag's line as has been stated above. That said it seems to perform well. The Freedom Z also sits lower than the Hustler which you may or may not like. Between the two I would go with the one that has the best dealer support in your area. Both are good brands.
  7. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Messages: 1,318

    I recently bought a 36" freedom Z, i have used it once, i only bought it because it had 8 hours and the owner only wanted $2500. It cuts really nice an leaves nice stripes. I would definantly recomend it.
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  8. 2stroked

    2stroked LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    I have a freedom z48in with the 19hp kaw. I really like the mower cuts and stripes as good as any other scag
  9. sbrogan78

    sbrogan78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    That 19hp engine was another concern of mine. Most of the other machines in that category have at lest 24 hp engines. Is the 19 really enough to cut a week or so worth of growing at full speed?
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  10. timhall

    timhall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    My vote goes to the Hustler Fastrak, I tried them both.:cool2:

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