Scag 36 Walk Behind Belt Drive?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by snow4me, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. snow4me

    snow4me LawnSite Member
    Male, from Barrington IL
    Messages: 119

    I'm looking to break into the 1/4-1/2 acre lot size market next season. I've been doing 1-5 acre clients for the past 2 years with a Turf Tiger 61" and have had to turn down a number of potential customers with fences and narrow gates. I am looking at buying both a hydro drive 48" walk behind Scag commercial mower and a 36" belt drive walk behind mower. The only reason I am choosing to go belt drive on the 36 is for budget reasons.

    What do you guys think about a Scag 36" walk behind mowers with belt drive 5 speed transmissions? I have heard that they will slip the belt in wet conditions. I can work around that issue by using the 48" hydro drive when it gets wet out. The only customers that will screw this up are the ones with narrow gates. Does the belt slipping on the drive axle totally prevent you from using these machines when it gets wet?

    Here is the one I'm looking to buy... the guy is asking $1,000 for this machine with a velky. What do you guys think? What are pros and cons of this machine?

    Thanks in advance for your advice...:)
  2. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    I have a 36 WB belt drive. It's a late 90s model (I think). no idea on the hours either. has a Kawi pull start engine. starts on the second pull, every time, the belts have never slipped for me. That being said, I don't I've ever used it in the rain, but certainly in wet conditions. it cuts great with sharp blades. sometimes a belt drive can be a bit of a fight when maneuvering, but it's not a big deal. I paid 1000 bucks for mine and wouldnt give it up for anything. That in mind, I just sold a 52" Wildcat but plan on purchasing a 60" Tiger Cat in the next few weeks to replace it. I love the Scags, easy to maintain, cut great and they don't seem to act up much. I'd go for it as long as it's in decent shape but not sure how well it'll pull a velke. I don't have one so I can't say.......good luck
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,370

    The Scag belt drives are good in rain. But pulling your self around will reduce the life of the transmission. And shifting on the go reduces life, but that is on all units. I am in the process of restoring a unit I bought for $75.

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