mower/engine decision?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by cville, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. cville

    cville LawnSite Member
    from mid-atl
    Messages: 13

    After much research here and at other forums, I have decided on getting a belt-drive, WB, fixed 48" to mow my 1 acre home lot.

    I have narrowed the choice down to two mowers - a Metro with a 15 hp Kohler or a Scag with a 17 hp Kaw. I am leaning toward the Scag because I really got interested in the Kaw engine when I was shopping riders and was convinced that I shouldn't get any other engine.

    Is there a significant difference in these engines? Should I wait till I can get a Metro with a Kaw (my local dealer doesn't have any now and won't until the '03's come in and they will not have discounted price tags -the Metro is 2399, the Scag is 2849)?. Or, as a homeowner would the Kohler engine be adequate?

    Thanks for any advice
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Kohler would be best for you.

  3. ksland

    ksland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 927

    The exmark with the Kohler would suit your needs and some.
  4. cville

    cville LawnSite Member
    from mid-atl
    Messages: 13

    Is there a difference in the reverse between the Scag and Xmark?

    In the catalogs, Scag describes the reverse as up to 3 mph, Xmark just says its an assist. Is the Scag reverse any more of a positve reverse?
  5. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    i have a2002 scag 17/48 belt drive w/ friend has a exmark 17/48 belt drive wb,its about 4yrs old.both have that same peerless 5spd trans,scags just an assist too,and not much assist at that!both are very well built .neither of us can tell a nickles worth of difference between the two.what we agree on most is power-we both would like a 19or21hp!!--15hp is not 17 in high grass is weak,and pulling me (215lbs)on hills ,it definatally knows i'm back there.:cool:
  6. cville

    cville LawnSite Member
    from mid-atl
    Messages: 13

    thanks Grassdaddy,

    that is helpful to know. I have a bad back and am worried about having to wrestle with the mower too much, however, being a homeower, its hard to justify the hydro. Though I don't plan to use a sulky (need the exercise) so it seemed the 15 was enough hp.

    Is there a belt drive with a positive reverse?
  7. cville

    cville LawnSite Member
    from mid-atl
    Messages: 13

    or maybe I should just go with a hydro? at least the resale would be better.
  8. fprintf

    fprintf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    What difference does resale make to a homeowner? Well at least to me it makes very little difference.

    I plan to die sometime in the next 40 years and leave my walkbehind to my kids. At homeowner usage and with proper maintenance the mower will probably outlast me. If I outlast the mower then resale is not much of an issue cause it'll be worth about the same hydro or gear.

    Buy the mower to keep it for the long haul.
  9. cville

    cville LawnSite Member
    from mid-atl
    Messages: 13

    that's a good point, but I'm not real sure how long we are going to be at this porperty. Maybe not more than five or so years. That was my initail thought but I will probably go with a belt drive if I can get a demo and if I find that it doesn't require too much wrestling. I was hoping to get some imput on that point - how much more one has to man-handle a belt drive?

    Thanks though, you bring a good point.

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