Why Buy a Scag?If you are in the market for a commercial mower, you have probably discovered that there are countless choices available. So...what makes Scag "Simply the Best"?
EXPERIENCESince 1983, Scag Power Equipment has been producing heavy-duty, commercial mowers. This gives us the experience needed to know what really works, and what doesn't.
We listen to our customers, and constantly make the changes needed to meet their needs. In fact, every Scag mower receives many improvements and enhancements on a constant basis. Even the smallest improvements are important in creating the "Simply the Best" commercial mowers on the market. This constant product evolution has enabled us to retain our title as the premiere commercial mower line in the industry. You can find less expensive mowers however, you get what you pay for.
DESIGN AND TESTINGWe employ an elite group of research and development specialists, designers and engineers dedicated to producing commercial mowers that cut faster, cut better, last longer and ultimately make you more profitable. Computer Aided Design and Pro-E combined with CNC and hands-on fabrication are utilized in the initial creation of every product. Every Scag model is operated extensively in specialized laboratories that utilize sophisticated computer testing equipment. The laboratory testing process is handled by a dedicated, full-time Test Engineer. This initial testing stage allows us to closely monitor mower and individual component performance to quickly identify any potential improvements that can be made. We also use test facilities in various locations across North America in various climates and grass types.
After these initial steps are completed, we build numerous prototype mowers for use by professional landscapers, just like you, from all over the country. These landscapers operate the mowers for at least one full cutting season and provide us with their feedback. During this real world field testing, we keep in close contact with these landscapers gathering vital information on mower performance, ergonomics, etc. Once the cutting season has been completed, we take the suggestions/feedback from the landscapers and implement these changes into the product before it goes into full scale production. This allows us to come to market with a better performing, more refined product from day one.
But it doesn't stop there. We continually enhance the performance of our products, even when it seems that they can't get much better. In fact, Scag has a full-time Product Improvement Engineer that works to make each and every Scag product more reliable, productive and durable.
Custom dynamometer test machines are located at the end of each assembly line to ensure that the mower is ready for action when it arrives at the dealership. Each Turf Tiger, Wildcat, Tiger Cat, and Freedom Z is run at the end of the assembly line before being crated. The engine RPM is set, fluids are topped off, electrical system is tested, tracking is set, neutral is set, hydraulic system is put under load, deck level and pitch are set and the unit is checked for any oil leaks. Our mowers already lead the industry in productivity, reliability, heavy-duty construction, and overall value. Every day they pull farther ahead of the pack thanks to constant in-house development and feedback from customers like you.
QUALITY AND CONSTRUCTIONScag Commercial Mowers are fabricated at our parent company, Metalcraft of Mayville, Inc., the largest independently owned manufacturer of commercial power equipment in North America. Metalcraft also manufactures thousands of various components for a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Metalcraft manufactures the Scag product in its 630,000+ square foot facilities. State of the art laser cutting machines, punches, presses, brakes, robot and certified manual welders and top notch, highly-skilled employees ensure that every Scag is built to the highest standards. This quality is evident in the construction and design of every mower we build. It's hard to find a light gauge piece of steel on our mowers.
Scag Power Equipment is one of the last commercial power equipment companies that actually manufacturers their own components. Other mower "manufacturers" are simply assemblers, bolting together parts that other companies have made for them. In fact, every "Scag Gold" component on our mowers is manufactured from scratch by Scag (except for the wheels). Sheet metal and tube steel comes in one end of the factory and the world's best commercial mowers go out the other end. Manufacturing our own component parts allows us greater flexibility in design and more control in the quality of the parts we use in our mowers. Ultimately, we control our own destiny and are able to react quickly with new designs and product enhancements.
Being independently owned means our design decisions are not compromised by a large corporate entity that also sells sprinklers and vacuum cleaners. We are not forced to manufacture products that are just "good enough". The entire Scag Team can focus all of its resources on designing, manufacturing and assembling the finest commercial grade lawn mowers money can buy.
Details, details, details. We encourage you to take the time to really examine our mowers and compare them to the "competition". Pay special attention to the details like ease of service, wiring harness looms and routing, weld quality, component fit and construction, and the operator's platform. There are lots of mower companies but only one is the best. We encourage you to see for yourself that Scag is the best by taking the time to really examine the details. It will not take long to find the many differences that place Scag in front of the pack.
Did you know that every Scag belt is constructed with Kevlar cords for superior strength and long life? Compare that to the standard, fabric/polyester cords used by the majority of the industry. Yes, Scag belts cost more. They are worth it because they last longer and perform better. When you figure in what downtime costs, they are well worth the extra investment. You will not find a plastic pulley on our mowers. All the load/drive pulleys on Scag mowers are a split steel design for strength and longevity. High load pulleys utilize a taper lock design for maximum holding power and easy service.
Take a close look at our cutter deck spindles*. They feature cast iron housings for strength. They are fully greaseable, allowing you to add new grease and purge any foreign material such as dirt or moisture. There is a relief valve to prevent over-greasing and damage to the seals. Every spindle features a matched set of Timken tapered roller bearings. Tapered roller bearings carry 50% more load than a less expensive ball bearing. They can also handle high side loads, unlike ball bearings. The spindle also features a 1-1/8" hardened steel shaft, hardened blade spacers and washers. And last but not least, every Scag spindle is assembled, greased and torqued by hand. It is a fine example of the care, design and value we build into every Scag mower. Nobody builds a better spindle. Nobody builds a better mower.
BDP-16 hydraulic pumps are used on the full-size Turf Tiger mowers. Other brands use a BDP-10 pump with 60% less displacement on mowers of the same size. The BDP16 features larger bearings and other design features that will ultimately extend the life of the hydraulic system, not to mention provide increased performance. Obviously these 16cc pumps cost more that the 10cc model however it is a better component for the application. Every Turf Tiger comes standard with auxiliary hydraulic oil coolers. Again, it would be less expensive to manufacture a mower without them but the coolers will increase the hydraulic system life, adding value to your investment. Scag customers expect nothing less than the best to be put into every Scag mower. We do our best to not only meet, but exceed that expectation.
Compare our main frame construction to any other company in the commercial market. Make note of the gauge thickness of the steel that is used. Inspect the quality, consistency and frequency of the welds. Where other companies use a single piece of 7 gauge steel on their cutter decks, we use layers of 7, 10 and 11ga. steel for the same application. Where others use a single tube frame design, we use a double tube design.
Is it overkill? Some may think so, however our customers that rely on our equipment every day do not. Do things like our Kevlar belts, high strength pulleys, cutter deck spindles and heavy steel construction make our mowers go faster? Not really. Does it make them last longer, provide you with less downtime and more value for your dollar? Absolutely. When you get ready for your next mower purchase, would you be interested in something that will last an extra year, two, or more? Are you interested in owning a product with the best components, best construction and best overall quality in the industry, all made proudly in the United States of America? If you answered yes, Scag is the mower for you.
PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTIVITYAll of our mowers are built to enable you to do more in less time. For example: A 48" hydro-drive Walk Behind can cut over 12 acres a day. That's with a 20% allowance for overlap and cutting at 4mph. A 48" Tiger Cub can cut over 18 acres a day with a 20% allowance for overlap and cutting at 6mph. A Turf Tiger with a 72" cutter deck can cut 28 acres per day. Of course, these numbers are dependent upon the conditions you are operating in. You may be able to go faster. You may have to go a little slower. Whatever your conditions, Scag mowers allow you to be more productive, adding to your bottom line.
This is easily seen in our Velocity Plus cutter deck design, up to 16MPH ground speeds, high performance engine options, super fast blade tip speeds, and special attention to operator comfort. Operator comfort is an important element of productivity. At the end of an eight or ten hour day, an operator will start to slow down. Having equipment that is easy to use and comfortable lowers the operator's fatigue level. That means a more consistent, productive and safer operator.
PRODUCT SUPPORTWe understand the importance of "no downtime" and what it means to your business. Because of this, we sell our products through a worldwide distributor and dealer network. Every distributor of Scag equipment has their own parts department, technical service department and sales department to better serve the Scag dealer and ultimately you, the Scag customer. Using distribution ensures local parts availability and it gives the Scag dealer a local source for technical service, parts and sales support.
Scag offers overnight parts shipment direct from the factory to the dealer in the unlikely event that a part is not available at the local distributor. Scag and its distributors provide technical training to their dealers via the Internet, video repair training, technical manuals, and hands-on technical service schools. We provide one of, if not the largest, 24/7 Internet technical support site for every Authorized Scag Dealer around the world. This site is updated and maintained directly from the Scag factory ensuring information is current. Scag Dealers are kept aware of the latest information via e-mail alerts and postings on the Scag technical web site..
The Scag Factory Technical Service Department is in constant communication with our field representatives, regional and distribution managers, dealers and customers. Rest assured that in the unlikely event of any trouble, the entire Scag family will be there to help. Click here for a list of Scag dealers in your area.
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