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SCAG Ultimate SWZU 48?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by snow4me, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. snow4me

    snow4me LawnSite Member
    Male, from Barrington IL
    Messages: 119

    Does anyone have first hand experience operating one of these units and if so please review pros and cons followed by would you buy another one like it?


    I currently mow larger lawns 1-5 acres but I am starting to acquire smaller residential accounts which have tight areas where my Scag Turf Tiger 61" mower will not go.

    My thought is to buy both a 48" and 36" either walk behinds or standers before April. I am partial to Scag because I love my turf tiger and have owned and Exmark Lazer Z which cut well but was slow and gas guzzler.

    Any other brands and models that fit this 36" - 48" hydro walk behind or stander units that you guys like please mention those too.

    Thanks in advance for your input.:)
  2. Exmarkboy13

    Exmarkboy13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    they are good mowers. sucks they dont make em anymore. jump on it!!!
  3. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,082

    Great mower...bulletproof
  4. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Messages: 2,314

    I've got a crazy question for you. How, in the world, do you run a lawn service before you're old enough to drive?:confused:
  5. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from USA
    Messages: 16,465

    ride the mower or pay your parents to drive you.

    That is what I do.
  6. Exmarkboy13

    Exmarkboy13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Excellent question Johnny. I have a modified craftsman lawn tractor with two strobes that i use to pull the 5x10 around. this year, im starting another crew, and am going to purchase an atv to get stuff around quicker!
  7. snow4me

    snow4me LawnSite Member
    Male, from Barrington IL
    Messages: 119

    Thanks for the responses guys, sounds like it is one well built 48" walk behind mower.

    I talked to the owner and he isn't sure about what year this unit is...any ideas of the year and what size engine? He was out plowing when I talked to him and he apparently has a quite a few mowers so he wasn't sure what year of engine was on this unit.

    He estimates the hours at around 800 for this machine. How many hours will these get before you have to rebuild replace the engines assuming normal maintenance schedule was followed?

    I am also looking at buying this 36" Scag walk behind mower. What are your thoughts about this one...and is the price fair? :drinkup:

  8. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    The swzu is between 1995 and 2001 based on the deck and electric clutch. Will it last? I don't know how it was taken care of so couldn't tell you. The mower seems decent and a engine doesn't cost much if need be.

    The 36" is a belt drive fixed deck between 95 and 01 also. Way less mower than the swzu.

    Ill have a hustler trimstar selling in spring or now if you like for $3k. An 08 bought in 09 similar build to the swzu (hydro floating deck, bagger, sulky) with 800hrs or so. Pm if interested.
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  9. snow4me

    snow4me LawnSite Member
    Male, from Barrington IL
    Messages: 119

    Thanks for the offer but it's a bit more than I can spend this year for one mower. No snow here in Chicago for two winters in a row = NO CASH :-(

    I have been doing some research and it look like you are correct anywhere between 1995 and 2001. Some apparently liked the old style deck over the advantage that came out around 2002.

    Anyone else like these old style decks and if so why is it better than the newer advantage decks?

    Older machines don't bother me as long as they are not tired and old...how do you tell if the motor is weak? Compression test...blue smoke on start up?
  10. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    FYI, In Des Moines, IA craigslist there is a 03 Scag 48" hydo mower (fixed deck) for $650. It looks decent shape and is a better deal than the 36 or 48 you have posted. It is a drive for you but the $200 in fuel still makes it a good deal. Heck I'm thinking of going to get it.

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