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 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 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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