Is Exmark really the best? or was it the best?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by BLC14, Sep 13, 2012.


Exmark or Scag?

  1. Exmark

    74 vote(s)
  2. Scag

    58 vote(s)
  1. BLC14

    BLC14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    Im looking into purchasing a zero turn in the upcoming year and for the longest time I've had my heart set on an Exmark. But lately I've been asking around getting peoples opinions on the new generation of Exmark. The feedback hasn't been good most people say that the cut will look good when you leave but when you go back an hour later you find out that the grass wasn't completely cut and pops back up the same people say they want there old Exmarks back. So this has really got me thinking about considering scag and i'm looking for opinions on witch will give me the better cut and less chance of having to double cut and me being in eastern PA we have mainly Kentucky Blue Grass. Any response is appreciated!
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    I love my exmark, I've operated the scabs and they sure are nice too! It's kind of a toss up, for me it's all about dealer support! Good thing is my dealer sells both. They both will cut nice it's really all about how good the dealer is. I did prefer the exmark over the turf tigers ive operated. But that's only 1 model
  3. BLC14

    BLC14 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    That to is a huge thing for me the owner of the Scag dealer 2 minutes down the road is my neighbor 2 doors down and the closest Exmark dealer is 20-25 minutes away.
  4. HLM HustlerZ

    HLM HustlerZ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    Go with the Scag. We just added a Scag Z with the Velocity deck to our fleet in January, love it- great cutting and durable machine. We've always had Hustlers bc thats what my brother loves, but I put the Scags at the top of the top.

    One a side note, I've operated 2 Lazer Z's over the years (52 inch newer model UltraCut deck and an older 50 inch Triton deck) I did like the older- early 2000s year with the Triton deck but not the newer one. Also, the Exmark mowers across the board are SLOW I mean a lot slower than a Scag or Hustler.
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,251

    Depends on conditions and dealer for me. On ZTRs scags are faster hands down and can handle a wider variety of conditions. In a perfect weed free dry lawn Exmark will leave the best cut period. If I were you I would go with scag. I have been running Exmark for years but will be getting scags or ferris mowers to replace them.
  6. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,054

    I have used Exmarks all my life but hands down Scags are better in wet grass and there is minimal scraping of the deck. My second mower will be a scag next year or two.
  7. weis1

    weis1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I agree with you about exmarks. I had the older style lazer z and planned to get a new one this past year. Untill I demoed the new x series. The quality of cut was poor and it was priced higher than the others. I ended up with a JD 925 and its a great mower. The scag is also a nice machine with a good cut. I recomend demoing them first. Use them for at least a few days each on your properties
  8. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    i've always used exmark until i bought a 61in bobcat procat in june. i love it so far. cuts great and doesn't bog down. i went with the 26 hp kawi to save some money of fuel and i don't regret it. also it's about 2 grand less than exmark or scag. i would suggest demoing all the main brands (exmark, scag, bobcat, snapper pro) to see your preference.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    I'll agree with the others, the old Exmarks were superior to the newer ones. It's barely enough to notice, but once you do, then it stands out.

    Never ran a Scag, so I won't comment.
  10. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    About 4-6 years ago, the majority of LCO in my area were using Exmark. Recently, I have seen more people using everything but Exmark. Many Scags, Bobcats, and Grasshoppers

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