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Scag Freedom or Snapper

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by hunter99, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. hunter99

    hunter99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    This will be my 1st zero turn so I don't know which way to go. I visited my local dealer today and he had some recommendations which were the scag, snapper or even the ferris. They are all commercial grade and 48" cut. I will be using this primarily for my 1 acre but would eventually like to venture into some part-time work. Any input would be appreciated.
  2. sslopok

    sslopok LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    I am in the same boat as you are. I needed something to mow my 3 acres and do like 6-10 yards. I picked the 52 inch Freedom z. The Freedom doesn't get much respect around here due to the fact that it is on the lower end of commercial use. For me though it will be perfect. If I did this full time I would have chosen something a little more heavy duty. I have been dying to try mine out.
    good luck
  3. hunter99

    hunter99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for your opinion. Does anyone have anything else to add.
  4. green monster

    green monster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I don't know why sslopok thinks the Freedom X is a lower end commercial unit. Scag is a very well respected mower amongst commercial cutters. It is one of the best ones out there. sslopok likes his Freedom Z and he should. Scags are top of the line.
  5. bobby82791

    bobby82791 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I own a scag and love it. i have used the snapper and it is also a great choice but i would definitely recommend the scag 100%.
  6. Midstate Lawncare

    Midstate Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    buy the scag, you wont be disappointed. I have the freedom z 26/52 and keep up with everyone up to an acre. It is also a very well made "entry level" unit... It may not take 10 years of abuse, but 5 years of use it surely will.
  7. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,034

    If I were in your position I would step up to the Tiger Cat with the 48" Velocity deck. I think its a little better made its a more commerical mowerbut it stays up with everything till you start mowing acers and acers of land. It will also last you a long time, I have had this mower for 6yrs but with the advantage deck and it doesn't miss a beat. The only thing I wish for was the Velocity deck.

    I hope this helps.
  8. IHusky

    IHusky LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    That Feedom is a good maching, but man if you're going to drop $5500 on a ZTR, take a look at hard look at the Snapper S150x. Its a ture commercial unit.

    Snapper S150X

    • 10 cc motor pump and 12cc wheell motor
    • 10 mile forward
    • 48" Deck 21 Kaw/23 Koh
    • 52" deck 25 Kaw/27 Koh
    • 10 gal tank

    Scag Freedom

    • Dual Hydro-Gear ZT2800
    • 8 mile forward
    • 48" deck 19 Kaw/26 Briggs
    • 52" 19 Kaw/26 Briggs
    • 7 gal tank

    For just a little bit more money you can get better hydro motor, better engine options with 48"/52" deck, faster mower, bigger fuel tank. The Freedom doesn't even come with the advatage deck. The Freedom comes with a 87 ft/lb clutch. I would bet a weeks worth of mowing the Snapper s150x has a bigger one than 87 ft/lb. If you're looking at the Scag Freedom take a good hard look at the Snapper s150x. Snapper is a very good value for the money.
  9. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    I do not know any thing about scag but I have used snapper 21s. I just stoped using one because of engine problems. It lasted 23 years and 4 diffrient owners
  10. dslc

    dslc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    u cant ride neither mower at 8 or 10 and stay in the seat. i own a scag and so does my grandpa. but if your really like seeing your dealer often get a snapper

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