That’s why I suggested the walk behindI posted the last one while you were posting this, I’ll look at the Scag. The problem with long threads is they start to go everywhere. I’m not mowing through mud leaving 3” deep ruts, I’m just looking for a slightly lighter footprint because of the many borderline too soft properties where I can get the Deere but greatly risk damage and getting stuck in a surprise mucky spot.
It takes the rider off the machine for 1
2 it’s lighter in general
3 it’s got about the same tires so better floatation
Plus if your normal machine is down you have a productive back up
the little machines don’t have enough horsepower for wet lush grass
Otherwise the turf master 30 would be a much better machine
when you throttle down you’re loosing some horsepower To slow the blade tip speed down
so 17 hp becomes more like 12
On those little machines 5hp becomes 3 and 5/6 wasn’t enough to begin with
this is why a bigger machine, even if it’s only a 32 or 36 is so much better than the 30
It’s all in the engine, tranny and tires
the 30s are nice because almost any new hire can use one with minimal training
They are more productive than 21s by far and they don’t weigh much
But they’re underpowered for anything more than cutting 1/3 of the grass blade off
the mistake most make with this is thinking “I cut at 3””
And just doing it when the grass is 6” tall
That machine does not have the performance for that
You need to cut it at 4”
Wait til the growth and rain slows down in a few weeks to a month
Then drop it back down
but the stubborn are like no, I cut at 2.5” to
3” and if this machine can’t do that in one pass with perfect results in all conditions , it’s a POS snd I want my money back because I was lied to!
when I first started this profession
You have bunton, ransomes/bobcat , yazoo/keys and a few others that were all literally the same mower with different colors
I make those jokes now about “pick a color” but no joke, back then it was gospel truth
If they were different , I’m ignorant to how.
Most of them came with 10.5 to 12hp engines that were single cylinder and ran with the efficiency of a 1940s water pump
The three wheel riders had 18-20 hp on 61-72” decks
all this and we we’re cutting the same grass with the same weather conditions you have today
So trust me when I say getting it done is more based on knowledge and experience than it is on the machine.
Do the advancements help? Sure
But they don’t replace the know how