Scag Freedom Z- B&S or Kawasaki

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by bogeyfree31, May 24, 2010.

  1. bogeyfree31

    bogeyfree31 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    $4500 +tax for the 48" with the Briggs 26hp ELS.

    $4900 +tax for the 52" with a Kawasaki 19. He said this was last years model at a discounted price.

    My lot is 1 acre of just grass and a few pines. Also plan on cutting my elderly neighbors yard also and maybe his 2 acres in the country.

    I know this mower is overkill for what I have, but I'm tired of my $800 mower and want to move up to something nice.
  2. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    I got the freedom z with the briggs 48. i love it .I have about 25 lawns and it works well for me. I only have about 250hrs on it tho.

    that being said i would go with the kawi 52. Kawi is way superior and the extra 4 inches will help, thats what she said

    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    Kawasaki 19 hp

    Engine Type Forced Air-Cooled V-twin 4-cycle Vertical Shaft OHV Gasoline Engine
    Number of Cylinders 2
    Bore x Stroke 2.91 x 2.68 in. (74 x 68mm)
    Displacement 585cc (35.7 cu. in.)
    Compression Ratio 8.5:1
    Maximum Power 19.0hp (14.2 kW) / 3600 rpm
    Maximum Torque 36.6 ft. lbs. (49.6 N•m) / 2000 rpm
    Oil Capacity 1.9 U.S. qt. (1.8 liter) w/Filter
    Dry Weight (without muffler) 71.2 lbs. (33.2kg)

    26HP Air-Cooled Briggs & Stratton Intek ELS

    90 Degree V-Twin
    Displacement 724 cc
    Maximum Torque 33 ft. lbs. @ 2600 RPM M
    Fuel Requirement Unleaded Gasoline (87 Octane or higher)
    Fuel Filter Replaceable Automotive Type
    Cooling System Forced Air-Cooled
    Ignition Electronic
    Starter 12 Volt
    Charging System 16 amp
    Last edited: May 24, 2010
  4. Bluffman

    Bluffman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    MS is singing the same tune I've been forever, TORQUE is the only true engine spec to compare. Dump an extra 9-10 percent on the Kawi and you'll never suffer "buyers remorse". A lot of people are happy with their Briggs 26 but there is no comparison in quality to the Kawis. Good luck.
  5. biggziff

    biggziff LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    There is a reason the Kaw costs more. They really are a better built engine than the Briggs. If it was a Kohler or Kawi I'd take the higher HP Kohler.

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