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Scag Tiger Cat pricing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joeco129, May 15, 2010.

  1. joeco129

    joeco129 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Hey everyone,

    I recently posted question about ZTR's for residential and was asking about Scag and Exmark. Well I have narrowed it down to a Scag Tiger Cat. My question now is pricing and what your opinions are about what I have received from two dealers... All opinions are welcome.

    Dealer one -

    2010 Tiger Cat 48" with a Briggs ELS 26HP - $6845.00

    Dealer two -

    2010 Tiger Cat 52" with a Kohler 27HP - $8550.00

    My questions are....

    Is the 52/27 worth the difference in price? Is the price accurate? Again it is for residential with 1.5 acres mowable with the intention of buying more property with a new home in the next few years... something like 3 acres mowable.

    Would I even notice a difference (between HP and the 4" cut difference)figuring I would run it once a week? Also I get a flavor that Kohler's are better... I have had one on my Craftsman tractor for 10 years and it has been flawless... so i would lean towards it. I have heard some say the Briggs have issues.

    Funny thing is, Dealer two with the Kohler told me he sells a ton of Briggs ELS and has not seen any come back for service and could not say anything bad about it. He just didn't have one on his lots when I was there. What are your opinions on them?

    I could order anything I want from either Dealer but these are the two most comparable they have on their lots.

    Help! What's the better deal??? Also in the future I would be adding a bagger to it... so I know horse power is a concern with bagging...

    Thanks all and I look forward to your thoughts!
  2. joeco129

    joeco129 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Forgot one thing... The 52" with the Kohler 27 has and air ride seat like a Wildcat!
  3. RTR Landscaping

    RTR Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    The main difference in these two mowers are the engines. Personally, I'd go with the Kohler over the Briggs.The suspension seat is also a big part of the price difference.You made the right decision to go with Scag,no matter which you end up buying. I own 6 and would not have any thing else.Good luck!!
  4. joeco129

    joeco129 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    So you think the Kohler, air ride seat and 4" cut difference are worth the additional $1705 in price? Or does it seem high?
  5. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 793

    No it is not worth the diffrence. Add a suspension seat run the briggs till it dies and put on a kohler. Save your money the briggs will probably run long enough to pay for a new kohler. Too bad you are so far away there is a lady down here that has a slick 48" tiger cub with a water cooled kohler on it for sale.
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I had a Briggs ELS engine on my bobcat that I just sold early this spring. It was a pretty good engine, not my favorite, but I really had nothing bad to say about it. I've always thought that kawasaki's and kohler's run smoother than briggs engines and also run slightly quieter. I believe the kohler engine will also come with a canister type air filtration system. If you don't have the canister air filter, make sure to really keep up on cleaning out the filter. The ELS filters can get dirty really fast, that was really my only complaint with that engine.

    Personally I'd get the kohler.
  7. Trevor8

    Trevor8 LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Messages: 750

    Is 4 inches going to save you that much time? Go with the 48 it is almost $2000 cheaper.
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Go with the cheaper one especially for only 1.5 acres that's tiny for those machines.
  9. hippiehawk

    hippiehawk LawnSite Member
    from kansas
    Messages: 30

    MONTE - any details about the tiger cub you are speaking of
  10. mhaley927

    mhaley927 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    when you get the 4.5 acre total, a 48" is gunna feel pretty small, but a 52" is as well.

    I (like earlier) would opint you towards a bigger used machine, but for the two you have selected save yourself the 2 grand.

    26hp is gunna be FINE for a catcher. My Tiger Cub 19hp 48" does fine with a catcher unless i'm no steep hills or in VERY thick grass.

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