**Scag 48" Restoration**

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Brantley, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Brantley

    Brantley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I am starting the process of restoring an older Scag 48" Walk behind. I purchased it from a friend for $250. It had a shot Kawasaki FH500V and I have parted it out selling several parts and recouping my investment.

    The Plan is to repaint, redecal, place a Kawasaki FS481V, rebuild the peerless and put it all back together.

    I will post pictures and updates as I go. Also I am sure I will have a bunch of questions because this is my first Scag rebuild--I have rebuild 4 honda four wheelers so I should be fine, but you never know.

    Here is a before picture and a picture of it headed to get prepped for painting.

    Before Picture.jpg

  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,049

    This would have been a good winter project..:waving:
    Keep pictures coming
  3. Brantley

    Brantley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I don't commercial mow. I just need it to mow my acre yard. Hopefully it goes quickly.

    I once rebuilt a Honda 300 from the ground up in three weeks. So we will see
  4. Brantley

    Brantley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I tore down the peerless tonight and most everything looked ok. I have three questions though.

    1.) How sharp should the points of the gears be?

    2.) How tight should the chain between the two shafts be?

    3.) I think I need a new shift fork, look at the picture attached. What do y'all think?

    Shift Fork.jpg
  5. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Man, I think by the time you're done buying parts you could have bought a nice used mower.
    Matter of fact I think I bought one of these from a certain Mr. Sohar last year...
    Oh, it looked great in the pictures, new decals and all, they did a really good job, it looked like a $1,500+ mower in the pictures.
    It really kinda pissed me off, having drove 500 miles one way just to see it had been painted with a brush.
    Around here we call that covering up the defects, I paid $650 for it.

    I am sure glad to have got rid of it, barely recovered what I paid for it, never mind all the repairs.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2014
  6. Brantley

    Brantley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    I will be replacing everything that needs fixing so it will be as close to new as possible.

    When I am all finished the most I'll have in it it $1200 and it will be good to go for 20 more years.

    It's more about making it great for me. Not for any one else. I've sold other stuff to make the money so it's not coming out of the budget.

    Worse case I could get $2k for it when I'm done.
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  7. Billscaping

    Billscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I think the new motor will cost $900,belts ,wheels,blade clutch,maybe $2gs when done,good luck,keep the pics coming
  8. Brantley

    Brantley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Ok guys I understand what y'all are saying but I am going to get it going and keep it for a long time so I am fine with investing a little money to make it great.

    I am replacing the engine, shift fork, belts and blades only--everything else is great on the mower. I have already priced everything and it will be a little less than $1100. I am getting it repainted for free.
  9. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,527

    im doing a 2000 48 exmark wb 15hp kaw i bought for 300 this winter .
    has a couple year old tranny on it but original engine that i believe was ran commercially because a sulky brackets on it but im not sure , still runs good though . gonna slowly rebuild everything , using it on my half acre yard and a few neighboors i cut along with my bought this winter for 300 1999 john deere sabre rider with 17hp b&s . these r my two new toys . bought a like new pull behind dethatcher for 25 off craiglist for my rider , next buy a cart to pull behind it . you gotta get you
    a rider brantley then can have twice the fun :drinkup:
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,555

    A year or so ago a guy rebuilt a burned up scag rider and posted and was very interesting......keep pictures coming. Thanks

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