Scag ZTR vs. Exmark -- Scag wins due to striping roller?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by naturescape, May 28, 2008.

  1. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    I am considering buying a ZTR. I'm 44 now and after mowing since I was 15, my legs are getting tired of it LOL.

    I'm considering, at this point, the Exmark Lazer and the Scag Tiger Cub, in a 48". (I have some gates that are EXACTLY that size)

    Right now I'm leaning to the Scag basically just because of the clincher -- it looks like the Scag striping roller is the best there is out there. Take a look at it on their website if you're not familiar with it. It is spring-loaded and makes contact with the GROUND the whole time.

    I'm sure it will outstripe the Exmark big-time. And I believe both mowers will be solid, dependable mowers in other ways.

    Any thoughts on this? Who here has the Scag striping roller? Do you like it?
  2. skeet

    skeet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    What is the price of a striper roller for a 61" tiger cub?
  3. mhussey

    mhussey LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    here's a pic of the Scag roller in action. It's kind of a PITA to put on and take off. I'd rather leave it on but I get stuck going up the trailer ramp every time. If they had made mounting brackets that came out a few inches farther back, it would be a ton better and probably wouldn't hit going up the trailer ramp.

  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    For the record, I would have bought a Exmark had I not bought the Scag...
  6. mhussey

    mhussey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 523

    The good thing about the Exmark striper is that it mounts do the rear of the deck. It doesn't hang up on stuff as easy, and it provides extra anti-scalp protection.
  7. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,390

    I have the stripe kit on my 61" Tiger. To take it off is two cotter pins and pull. Takes about 10 seconds. Its very simple to use. As far as it hanging up on stuff, I have had mine on for around 90 hours and haven't hung it on anything. It is up underneath not sticking out. I have had it down in the stripe position the whole time. I go over curbs,sidewalks,etc. Never had any problems.Spring loaded stays put and does an excellent job. It has been one of my best investments hands down. It will take you lawns to the next level. It produces very defined stripes. I would go get one today if I was you, money well spent.:usflag:
  8. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985

    How much? :confused:
  9. newtostone

    newtostone LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 681

    I would go with the exmark aka what i have now. Yes the scag looks like its the perfect setup but it gets hung up all the time. Both look just the same on the perfect lawns. Great cut, but the exmark outshines the scag on the average lawn
  10. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    Here's a property I did today. It still has straw in places and I don't have the bagger kit for the cub, yet. :) One pass, no bagger, striping roller in full effect. :) :cool2: [​IMG]

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