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New Mower - Which do you prefer and why?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JTF40, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    I am about to purchase my first "small" mower. I've narrowed it down to these two options -

    Scag Freedom Z with 52" deck and 19 HP Kawasaki
    Hustler Fastrak with 54" deck and 19 HP Kawasaki OR 20 HP Honda

    Both dealers are great in service and price - $5,000.00 - $5,300.00.

    I sold my Kubota diesels - I'm only cuting my 1 1/2 acres and the family cemetery.

    Which mower is my best choice and why? :usflag:
  2. bigclawn

    bigclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    If you are doing a cemetary a Walker mower would work better for you--an MB Walker will be a few $$ more but the out front deck will make short work of the cemetary!! The mowers you referred to are basically equals--a chevy--ford preference thing!
    check out www.re-power.com this dealer has some used Walkers priced right tat may be more suitable for what yoy want to do.
  3. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    There are no Walker dealers within 50 miles of here. :usflag:
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    niether. I would rather get a WB with a sulky instead.
    Exmark TTHP 19/52
    Im sure there is a dealer close to you.

    But if I had to chose between the two, I would pick the scag... It's commercial grade..as the other is residential.
  5. RTR Landscaping

    RTR Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    I don't know much about the Hustlers, but I've been running Scags for a long time. If the dealer service is the same, go with the Scag.
  6. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Walk-behind? I've hunted that dog already. At 44 yrs. old, I'm ridin'.

    I thought the Scag Freedom Z was considered "residential", also. :usflag:
  7. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Also, How about the Gravely ZT 2760 HD for $5,000.00? It has a 27 HP Kohler. I looked at it but did not operate it. Anyone use this one? :usflag:

  8. Rocketrod

    Rocketrod LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    On Scag's website, see link below, they refer to it as an entry level commercial grade machine.

  9. bigclawn

    bigclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    our dealer has sold quite a few of the Freedoms to small commercial and "weekend warriors" and to date, in 2 years he has had zero warranty issues. It might be "entry level" commercial but seems very well built and in the hands of an owner/operator it should be fine for routine stuff.
  10. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I am 44 also, compared to most of my customers I am a kid in their eyes, I walk everything with small mowers. I guess it's just what you are used to.

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