For local GOOD service I have either JD or SCAG. I am trading in a JD GT235 tractor on this Z. The JD z's are over priced, and under built. I have a SCAG 36" Belt WB, currently replacing the Kaw 13 hp on it for a Kohler 18hp. The kaw valve seat rode out of the block, hence the replacement. No problem with SCAGs at all, Just don't care for the Kaw Engine. I have heard that there have been some problems with the new line Kaw engines they are sitting on the Tiger Cubs. Seems Kaw let some go real cheap and didn't pass QC as well? Might have something to do with the $5999 special? I have heard not just on this board, but at several dealers locally. Seeing as I have a 36" SCAG, and don't really need anything larger than a 52", Would that be the way to go for blade compatibility? Is it the same blade on the 36" as the 52"? I know the measurements don't quite add up, but thought there might be some small difference in overlap with the new advantage decks.Originally posted by Jimbo
Scag 52" 23HP Cub here. Nothing but rave reviews.
This thing has taken some serious abuse and keeps on going. Great size and powered machine for a first (or perhaps last) ZTR.
There are alot of machines out there so try them all. If you lean toward the Scag I can answer many of the questions you may have.
The Kawi engines are proven performers. I would stay away from the larger Honda engines (IMO).
Thanks for the info. I do remember you posting this pic of your Cub at work. What setup are you using? i.e. blades, mulch kit? I'm looking at $7099 for a 52"/23 kaw cub, and $8895 for a 52"/25 kohler tiger. I can demo the cub, but can only demo a 61"/27 hp w/bagger tiger. Kind of over kill, but this is all the dealer has available. To me, the Cub seems like more than enough machine for what I do, but I do like the shorter/wider build of the tiger. At 6'3" 250lbs I need all the lower gravity working for me.Originally posted by Jimbo
The blades for 36" and 52" decks are exactly the same (2 vs 3) is the only difference.
As far as the comment about larger Hondas I was only stating what I had heard from others on these boards. You are guilty of the same thing regarding the $5999 special. To my knowledge the reason for the special was to sell an overstock of the less popular 48" 19HP combo.
Regarding the Kawi (23HP) I can say that I have had neary a problem with mine and it is very strong. I run my equipment hard but I keep it well maintained.
Pick the engine you feel most comfortable with.