Scag or John Deere or Dixie Chopper???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tony1045, Jul 7, 2004.

  1. Tony1045

    Tony1045 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Ok, here it is, I need some help/input. I'm thinking about buying my first Zero-Turn Rider. I'v looked at the Scag Tiger Cub, the John Deere 717A and the Dixie Chopper Silver Eagle D. The 48"-50" deck will suite my needs fine as will the 19-20 HP motors. Any input about your experiences with any of these mowers would be greatly appreciated. I'm leaning towards the Scag. Let me know, Thanks Tony:confused:

    SCAG POWER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    I looked at the tiger cub. Then went down the street and bought a John Deere 727A 23 KAW 54 INCH deckand i have been mowing with for about a month at this time up till now it has more than done well for me. Today i mowed 10 acers and kind of whished that i would have gotten a Dixie Chopper 28 hp 60 inch deck,the deere did fine but a little extra speed would have been nice.

    So when i grow too more accounts i think i will get a bigger mower, also run a scag 36 W/B belt drive. buy what you like and can afford fro now if you do grow your business you can always use more equipment.:gunsfirin :gunsfirin :gunsfirin :drinkup: :drinkup: :drinkup:
  3. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    Scag, maybe you shoulda bought a 797. . .more power. . .dunno about the speed but if the engine was lagging on thick grass the horsepower would speed things up a bit. Personally, I run a 757 25hp/60" with a mulch kit and mine has plenty of power even on thick St. Augustine as long as the lawn has been maintained regularly.
  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    Of those three I would vote for the Deere. Of all makes Toro hands down. How is dealer support in your area. That plays a big part IMO.
  5. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    the fastest mower on the planet is the way to go Dixie Chopper...I can mow almost 5 acres per hour wide open....when I go full time netx year, I'm getting another
  6. Steve1

    Steve1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    Buy the one you like best after you demo all of them.

    I would vote for the Deere over any of them (including Toro) but that's just my opinion.

    Demo, demo, demo.
  7. chevyman1

    chevyman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    he's right on the demo thing, you have to try as much as you can at like an expo. That's how I fell in love with the Dixie. I went there ready to buy a Ferris, or maybe a Scag....then I see how much faster the Dixie mows, and how much better the machine was to work on, plus a great bunch of reps from their company and I was hooked. Other than being overprices, the JD seemed good too.
  8. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    My vote is Hustler super z.
    I bought a new one this year and finished in 1/2 the time over my 52 inch toro wb.
    Did'nt test the jd or scag (although I've owned a scag turf runer and a jd wb) but I did drive a toro and loved the hustler over it for its durability and its performance on hills.

    Haven't been let down yet.
  9. Steve1

    Steve1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 292

    Hustler does make a fine product. I demo'd a Super Z and loved it. You should check them out as well if you have a dealer close by.
  10. Tony1045

    Tony1045 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    Thanks to all of you from you input, it's greatly appreciated. I have a JD dealer delivering a 727A next week to Demo. I'm still working on the Scag and Dixie. I'm also considering an Exmark. I have found them to be a little more expensive, but hey, you get what you pay for. by the way, any thoughts on the 2004 JD single hydro pump set-up. The one I checked at the local dealer for sure had a single pump. Just wondering??? Thanks again, Tony :drinkup:

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