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JD 757 VS Scag Turf Tiger

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by pwood, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. pwood

    pwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I am in the market to buy a new ZTR and have narrowed it down to the JD 757 - 60" 25Kaw and the Scag Turf Tiger - 61" 27 Kohler. I demo'd both and I think the power and cut are pretty much the same.

    The 757 - seems to ride better and is $800 cheaper. The only problem I had with it was the amount of clippings that it threw back on you. The dealer is changing the blades to a different type and I am going to demo it again. The motor also backfired every time it was shut down.
    The Scag - performed well. It did have a bumpy ride and it got stuck once. But for the most part it ran trouble free.

    Both of these ZTR's are a far cry from what I am used to. I currently cut everything with an International cub w/42" belly mower, 30" sears rider, 24" Kee and a 22' Lawn Boy.

    I am more concerned about durability. I am mowing about 9 acres with lots of trees and shrubs. This is a big purchase for me and I would appreciate your opinions.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    i would say choose a dealer which is the best dealer?

    WINGNUT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    On the Deere----shut your throttle down and let the mower idle for 2 or 3 min. before shutting it down. My GS30 did the same thing. When I let it sit at idle for a couple of min., no backfire. Don't know why, but it does work.
  4. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    there is to much fuel in the exhaust port i am guessing when you are running it wide open it probley could be leaned out a little but
  5. notforprofit

    notforprofit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    A local dealer told me to rev the engine, then shut it down immediately. It had something to do with low pressure and high pressure jets or something. All I know is it worked for me. Backfires gone!
  6. pwood

    pwood LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the replies. I've decided on the JD 757 60" due to the price - $8,000 and it was more comfortable. I really liked the Scag better but the savings on the JD made the difference. The dealer resolved the backfiring on the demo with a fuel/air adjustment. Now I hope the JD performs.
    Thanks again for the advice.

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