Need Opinions Please


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New Hampshire
I have owned Scag mowers exclusively since 1995. I buy new every 5 years or so and will be pulling the trigger on a zero turn rider with a bagging system in a week or two. Cost is not an issue nor is dealer support.

I have never had a problem with Scag and LOVE the velocity deck. But now I'm thinking about trying something new! There is a certain amount of risk involved when switching brands and I'm not one to take many unnecessary risks with my business and its always paid off.

I'm so close to pulling the trigger on the Gravely Pro Turn 400 series and really like what I see. My problem is I am loosing sleep thinking about the deck. I don't know if it will cut good and I'm really nervous about cutting in wet conditions. Gravely has been awesome and wants me to demo but we wont have grass for about a month. I need this mower to start the season because of the need for the bagging system.

So my question is should I stick to what I know works(Scag)? Or should I try something new and exciting and take a chance(Gravely)?


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I run exmark and love them but I think I might check them out.

JCLawn and more

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If you want to try something that is a real step up in durability try the Kubota's. I love my machine and have never driven anything quite like it. you might get 10 years out of it too. I looked at the gravely's and I just did not like them. I know the cut is a kind of a step down from Dixie, kubota, exmark, and I would say scag. A lot of guys run them in my area and they just don't look as good.

Ridin' Green

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Thanks for the input guys! My heart tells me to buy one mower and my brain the other....
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I just can't see how that small discharge opening will make you happy in wet conditions. To me, its seems like it will be just like the Exmark, great dry/ sucks wet kinda thing by looking at them. That, and the overly triangular design doesn't seem to lend any help to the discharge issue either. We don't have any grass to mow here yet, and no one wanted to let me demo a new 400 series, so I can only go on what I see with them. That's why I passed this last week on buying a new 460.