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scag tiger cub vs dixon kodiac

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by james mcdonald, May 6, 2005.

  1. james mcdonald

    james mcdonald LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I have narrowed my search of ZTRs to two mowers the scag 48 inch tiger cub with the 19hp kaw engine and the dixon kodiac 50 inch mower with a 20 hp kohler. The scag is heavier than the dixon. However, the dixon has a much better trim edge, about 6 inches versus 3 for the scag. The scag has a very heavy (7 guage?) fabricated deck. The dixon has a 11 guage fabricated deck. Eventually I would like to install the discharge control chute on either mower so I can open or close the chute from the seat. I am mowing about 3 acres per week. Lots of trees, buildings and a shallow road ditch to address when mowing. I do have a pond embankment with a 10 to 20 degree slope. However, I could continue mowing this with an old case garden tractor if I had to. The scag is $6200 and the dixon is $5200. Any opinions on either of these machines for my purposes, cut, etc., would be appreciated.

    I would have also considered hustler, but 50 inches is the absolute maximum width I can accommodate. Hustler's 44 inch had very little trim capability and the next size up is 52 inches.
  2. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 508

    go with the scag, you won't regret it.
  3. MagnumXL

    MagnumXL LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 8

    Scag, no question
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I have the scag and love it, never have tried a Dixon so I cant compare them
  5. MP350

    MP350 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    Go with the Scag, the Dixon does not have the quality cut or the ability to hold a hill. I have had a 50" Dixon for 8 years ran great with no problems, just replaced it with a Ferris.
  6. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We have two Scag Tiger Cubs both 48/19 Kawasaki. I would go with the Scag.
  7. joeg2246

    joeg2246 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    SCAG! Spend the extra $$ in the end you will come out ahead with production and less downtime. Complete 11ga deck on the Dixon compared to 7ga skirts and 10ga top with reenforced spindle mounting areas on the SCAG.
  8. Green lawns

    Green lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    The extra money you spend on the scag now will be well worth it many years down the road.
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I run my 50" dixon on any hill you can imigine. Ive also had a walker and a lazer z hp 52" and neither of these could hold a hill as good as my dixons.

    The new dixons are really solidly built and run hydraulic pump and wheel motors now. Who cares about 7 gauge decks? this is really really overbuilt. My dixons have the 11 gague decks and I have hit things before with them and have NEVER done any damage to a deck. Just how freaking heavy do you guys want your mowers to be anyways? I prefer LIGHTER. I demoed a grasshopper 52" midmount. 500 pounds heavier than my dixon and only 2 inches wider cut. totally uncalled for excess metal usage just to make people think they are getting somethnig better because it looks like and feels like a sherman tank.

    Get your scag if you like, but Demo a dixon if you can. The kodiac is a nice size and the 19 kawi or 20 hp kohler is plenty of power. the ram is also good, same deck, just a little cheaper. Same deck but hydros instead of the hydraulic system and the engines are briggs and go up to 25 hp.
  10. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    It sounds like your leaning towards the Dixon to me. I say go with what best fits your needs. I would also have to disagree with the whole heavier is better thing.
    I was going to get a kodiac before I got the Exmark 48" W/B but the dealer said it takes a while for parts and he wouldn't let me demo it. So I went elsewhere with mt business. I liked everything I read about it though.
    Hows the weather there in Hutch and hows business going?

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