Been running scag for 10 years now. Have a 7 mower fleet of Vrides and tiger cats. I am crazy with maintenance on ALL of my equipment. I don’t think even one of my scags is still on original hydros/wheel motors. They range in hours from 229-1400 and everything in between. I’ve always accepted that broken stuff is part of the biz. However my Tiger cat with ONLY 229 hours had a “catastrophic failure” of a hydro that then wiped out a wheel motor. I brought it to the dealer because I in no way expected it to be something like that. I thought perhaps air got in the system and I couldn’t bleed it out. Well that wasn’t the case. My dealer gave me a break on labor and the best cost they could, so they said, on the parts. The mower is out of warranty now but seldom used however at only 229 hours and a loyal scag customer for years I was hoping Scag corporate would step up. My dealer stated than once in awhile they see something like this happen with a hydro pump. I went back and forth on the phone with Scag, agreeing that yes it’s out of warranty so I know it’s my problem, however...this is still rediculous...In fact they doubted my mower even had such low hours. I told them to ask the dealer if it looked like a 200 hour machine or a 2000 hour machine and get back to me. They then suggested the hydro pumps are used in several mowers of different brands so it’s more an issue for the pump manufacturer to which I stated, if these pumps are used in YOUR mowers you should still stand behind it. I followed up and scag reluctantly offered $250 towards my $2000 repair bill. Better yet I have a second scag at the dealer as well that needed a hydro. So now I get to dump another 3 grand into hydro repairs. Last summer I was months out of warranty and another Vride puked a wheel motor, and I did another hydro just a month before that. The dealer even jokes about how I’m always in there replacing these parts. Yea it’s super funny let me tell ya. But I get where they are coming from. I declined Scags $250 offer because to hell with that honestly...some might disagree with me being so sour but I don’t know anyone who would be happy replacing such parts with only a touch over 200 hours on their $10,000 mower. I’m considering offing all my scags and switching to Ferris for this season.