Scag V-Ride!

bdlawncare

LawnSite Member
Location
nj
Okay so i have been shopping around for a stand on mower and really liked the wrights, but couldn't find one in my price range.. They were either beat to **** or too expensive. So i stumbled upon a scag V ride which looks like a nice mower 52" 26HP 350 hours the guy said i can take it for 5 G's.... Does this sound like a good deal? What do you guys think about the price, high low, to good to be true.... Opinions appreciated thanks!
 

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

LawnSite Bronze Member
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dennis ma.
Sounds like a good deal. We have 2 of them. Does he have the catcher for it? Has he replaced the hydro lines yet? They had a problem with them from the factory.
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bdlawncare

LawnSite Member
Location
nj
Ill ask the guy to send me a picture... But from the CL pic i might be picking up a gusset where the crack was shown on the mower in the link above. I will also ask about the hydro lines... From reading that thread though it doesnt seem like anyone is very happy with the machine, making me think twice. Do you guys like the quality of cut and the dependability of the machine?
 

Jimslawncareservice

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
mn
It's a scag. It will cut great and be dependable. I personally don't like the way it turns. When I demoed it and the cheetah I tore way more turf with the vride. I never tore any with the cheetah. I even did tight turns with it too. My turf tiger never tore either, unless it was wet as Hell with the clam on full of wet grass. I just think scag needs to back to the drawing board and figure out how to get it to turn easily. My Wrights I could spin the crap out of them all over and be an issue.
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djagusch

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
MN
It's a scag. It will cut great and be dependable. I personally don't like the way it turns. When I demoed it and the cheetah I tore way more turf with the vride. I never tore any with the cheetah. I even did tight turns with it too. My turf tiger never tore either, unless it was wet as Hell with the clam on full of wet grass. I just think scag needs to back to the drawing board and figure out how to get it to turn easily. My Wrights I could spin the crap out of them all over and be an issue.
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Jim, How much real time did Jeff let you have on a vride? It takes about a day to get the controls down, they are touchy compared to most but its that responsiveness most owners love after you master it.
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djagusch

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
MN
Ill ask the guy to send me a picture... But from the CL pic i might be picking up a gusset where the crack was shown on the mower in the link above. I will also ask about the hydro lines... From reading that thread though it doesnt seem like anyone is very happy with the machine, making me think twice. Do you guys like the quality of cut and the dependability of the machine?
There has been only 2 issues with the vride. The o ring which is a easy fix and didn't occur on many. The 52" vrides had some frame cracking which scag has repaired or replaced depending on what happened. I think toro had some issues with the grandstand when it came out, so many they redesigned alot, and offered upgrades at no charge for the first buyers.

One way to get through the bs put on lawnsite is to see who owns them and what is their take. If they are honest they will point out the flaws and good on the mower. I own one and have done both. If I was to buy one again I would in a heartbeat.

If I was to buy the mower in question I would have the current owner have the gussets installed at his current dealer under warranty (if it hadn't yet). The owner shouldn't object as its no money out of his pocket and only delay the sale about a week. Besides that drive it and if everything runs out right buy it. You won't regret it.
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Jimslawncareservice

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
mn
Well I was suppose to have it and the cheetah to do all my out of town accounts. These are fussy people. I used the v ride on one stop and the cheetah on half of one. I was really disapointed on how little time I got. I would have gotten the cheetah but couldn't get a dealer to trade, and couldn't finance. But I guess I've been one to either love a mower or hate with in a few minutes of using it.
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417lawncare

LawnSite Member
Location
Springfield MO
Im picking one up tomorrow, they are currently on sale. Im only getting the 36 inch as most of my accounts have 40 inch gates. Its gonna cost me 5600new with warranty.
 

djagusch

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
MN
Im picking one up tomorrow, they are currently on sale. Im only getting the 36 inch as most of my accounts have 40 inch gates. Its gonna cost me 5600new with warranty.
Congrats for tomorrow. May I ask why did you choose the vride over a W/B in the 36" deck size? My thought has been 36" decks and smaller are better in the W/B format due to weight and size of yard used with that deck. If its your only mower I would understand the decision to a point.
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