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Scag V Ride VS. Toro Grandstand - The Rundown

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GroundWorkx, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    I have a scag v ride and while I have not used a GS or Vantage I have looked at them closely at local dealer. Even thought the Scag consumes more fuel, I think you get a better built machine. The frame on the Exmark/Toro model seems lighter and not as thick. The hydraulic oil resevoir is right out on top of the mower on GS and hides nicely under the steering column on the Scag. Scag just makes better longer lasting stuff. The steering controls on the GS seem loosey goosey while the Scag is very tight and percise. Just my thoughts on looking at GS and Vantage closely. I personally think they make overpriced junk, with inferior and cheap parts. One think I do like about gRANDSTAND is that the deck is suspending from metal arms and not chains like the Scag. The deck balance and pitch gets out of wack too easy on the Scag.
  2. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,393

    That's funny you mention the frames.. I have seen & heard of several V-rides frames breaking especially the 52in models but not none on the GS or vantage.. I am currently looking at a 36" vantage & think they look really good. I like the V-rides as well, had a chance to get one 2 years ago but went with a walk behind instead, just like the way the toro & exmark have the fold up platform for walking while the Scag is a stander only... Saw on here earlier Gravely is coming out with a 36in stander as well next season..
  3. Judo

    Judo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    You are wrong about the Scag V Ride not having a fold up platform. It not just a stander. You can walk behind the machine the same as the Vantage.
  4. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,393

    That's a first & never seen anyone using one like a WB.. post a video I would like to se that...
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  5. Rvldesign

    Rvldesign LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    I've walked behind mine before but never more than for a few feet at a time. Not really sure why you would want to walk and entire property either. But the 2013 and newer vrides have the same flip style platform that completely folds away.
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  6. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,393

    But that's for trailer storage isn't it? Say its spring time & the ground is really soft you could walk that property eliminating extra weight, but the v ride doesn't have WB mode does it?
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  7. Rvldesign

    Rvldesign LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    Yes the 2013 does. Also by taking the safety switch off so do the other ones. Just wire around it. I had grass in my other one for over a year before I discovered that's why I could get off mine with blades running.
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  8. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,393

    Cool didn't know 2013 models have WB mode...
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  9. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    Using a gs as a wb is just a marketing ploy by toro. I am not blinded by brand loyalty like many other lcos. Here is the bad on my 2013 grandstand.

    1. Be prepared to scrape the deck daily
    2. Not the best cut on weedy properties
    3. Not the best in wet conditions

    The good

    1. Very comfortable and not fatiguing
    2. User friendly without the operator presence controls
    like some other standes
    3. The most agile of all of the standers I tested out with
    the exception of the wright
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  10. shane772

    shane772 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    How easily do these 2 get over curbs? What about ditches? I will be buying one of these stand on's (36") for next season, this thread is pretty helpful, thanks.

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