Lawn Mower Mulching Blades – Frequently Asked Questions

Lawn Mower Mulching Blades - Frequently Asked Questions

Lawn mower mulching blades come with a mulching mower or with a mulch kit for a regular mower.

What is the difference between a regular and mulching mower?

  • A regular mower blows clippings into a catcher or through a side discharge shoot.
  • A mulching mower has no discharge chute. Instead of blowing clippings out, airflow is recycled underneath the deck and the blades shred the clippings until they drop onto the ground.

Why use mulching blades (mulching mowers)?

  • The clippings breakdown faster and recycle moisture and nutrients back to the soil.
  • Less hassle disposing of debris. Some garbage companies or town landfills do not accept clippings and leaves or require you to pay extra fees for disposal.
  • Mowing is faster because there is no catcher to empty.

Lawn Mower Mulching Blades

What do lawn mower mulching blades look like?

Wavy rather than straight. The sharp edge is much longer. Within each wave has its own cutting edge. This cuts and recuts the grass at several different levels.

What is in a mulch kit?

A mulch kit comes with a plate to block the discharge chute, hardware, and mulching blades. Most mower manufacturers make their own mulch kits.

Are there any negatives?

If the lawn is already extremely thick and lush, the sheer volume of clippings may bog down the machine.

What about mulching leaves in the fall?

It saves so much time, labor, and money in leaf cleanups. I wish I started mulching leaves years ago. First, I use push blowers and backpacks to blow debris out the beds and onto the lawn. Then, I mow the lawn several times to really disintegrate the leaves. Only if you get down on your knees, can you see the tiny shredded leaves. My customers, who aren’t home when their cleanup is done, think that the leaves are physically picked up and removed.

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Lawn Mower Mulching Blades on Ebay

Here are the mulching blades that are currently listed for sale on Ebay. I’ve found some great deals there in the past. If you aren’t already a member of eBay, you need to go to the registration page before you can bid, buy, or sell anything.

Starting a Lawn Cut Business – PRO’s and CON’s.

Starting a Lawn Cut Business – PRO’s and CON’s.

If you are thinking about starting a lawn cut business, it’s a great idea. But, I will try to stay objective by giving you the PRO’s and CON’s so that you can make a more informed decision.

PRO’s of Starting a Lawn Cut Business

  • Winters off. It would be nicer to have summers off like teachers.
  • Part time income. Some cops, firemen, and teachers make more money cutting lawns part time than they do working full time at their primary job.
  • Recession proof. Grass continues to grow and needs to be cut regardless of the economy.
  • Steady work. Steady workers. Steady profits.
  • Yearly maintenance contracts. This means you don’t have to keep soliciting business all year to keep things rolling.
  • Low advertising costs. The bulk of advertising is done once a year–in the spring.
  • Low start up costs. More on financing.
  • Low overhead. If you don’t have work, then you don’t pay workers. You can run the business out of your home.
  • Little or no commute. This assumes you work in your own area. So, stay local.
  • Lawn cut business outlook is bright. This industry is exploding.
  • Stepping stone into more profitable work. Having a solid lawn customer base is an easy sell for more profitable work such as landscape installation, fences, patios, walkways and sprinklers. I think of cutting lawns as fast nickels and the other work as slow dollars.

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CON’s of Starting a Lawn Cut Business

  • Barrier to entry is low. This means more competition.
  • Standards keep going up, but prices aren’t. There is a lot of competition from all the other people who think starting a lawn cut business is a great idea.
  • Very labor intensive. Labor is not cheap and can give you an attitude.
  • Expect to be accused of breaking anything outdoors. Customers will argue that it must have been you because you were the last person in their yard. I shudder at the thought of having a business that does work INSIDE someone’s house for this reason.
  • Friends, family, and neighbors will ask to borrow your equipment. They look at all the cool stuff in your garage like they are little kids in a Toys ‘R Us.
  • Customers can have unrealistic expectations. They want grass to grow where there is no sun, but refuse to cut down some tree branches to let some sunlight in.
  • Customers get mad when you work quickly. You will try to explain that you are only charging them $30 per cut for three men on their property with equipment worth $20,000. You consider asking if they would prefer their lawn cut with a scissors, which should take one man three days.
  • Customers can be delusional. They will tell you that you were never there when the bill comes. You will be told that the lawn looked better when they cut it themselves back in the day with a 21” push mower.
  • Customers with early stages of Alzheimers. The elderly will be a large percent of your customer base. Your phone conversations will not make any sense. It’s unfortunate when you realize that no one in their family has intervened that they aren’t capable of living by themselves anymore, much less discussing their property with the landscaper.
  • Customers asking you for favors. Cut down this one little branch. Throw this away in your dump truck. Removing air conditioners. Moving furniture. Each little favor in itself is not a big deal, but they add up and slow you down.
  • Customers’ sob stories about why they can’t pay, but still need the service. I remember when having a lawn service used to be a luxury. Now, they talk to you as if it is a bare necessity. Maybe when UNICEF goes into the lawn care business, they can give them a call.
  • Fights with customers’ neighbors. Fights about property lines. Fights about blowing grass clippings and leaves toward the neighbor’s property. Fights about neighbors not wanting your truck and trailer parked in front of their house. Don’t take it personally because most of your customers already fight with their neighbors to begin with. When the neighbors can’t afford a lawn service, they tend to be envious of the ones who can. That envy turns to anger, which is directed at the landscaper.

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If you still want to start a lawn cut business, read on for more tips and articles.

Grass Seed for Cool Weather

Grass Seed for Cool Weather

Fortunately, grass seed for cool weather can be bought in mixtures. This provides the benefit of two or more types. These grasses are similar to each other and compatible in terms of leaf texture and growth.

Kentucky Bluegrass –

  • Most widely grown grass seed for cool weather.
  • Requires about 20 days to germinate.
  • Medium textured, green to dark green lawn of good density.
  • Ability to spread into thin areas makes it a good choice for reviving stressed lawns.
  • Fair high temperature tolerance and good cold temperature tolerance.
  • Often used in low to medium traffic areas.

Tall Fescue –

  • Toughest grass seed for cool weather.
  • The coarsest texture of any cool season grass, as well as the lowest shoot density.
  • Resists insect feeding and has extensive root system that efficiently draws on soil moisture—making it a good candidate if insects and drought are a problem.
  • Fair cold temperature tolerance. Good heat tolerance.
  • Recuperative potential is quite low because it does not spread laterally.

Grass Seed for Cool Weather.

Fine Fescue –

  • Group made up of hard fescue, sheep fescue, creeping red fescue, and chewings fescue.
  • Medium to dark green.
  • Needle fine texture.
  • Good shade tolerance.

Perennial Ryegrass –

  • Commonly mixed with Kentucky Bluegrass to improve wear and tear, allowing growing in shade, and speed up establishment.
  • Requires about 10 days to germinate.
  • Shiny, medium to dark green.
  • Fine to medium in texture.
  • Does not spread laterally.
  • Tolerant of cold and warm temperatures.
  • Germinates rapidly, making it useful if you need to get a lawn off to a fast start.

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Creeping Bentgrass –

  • Used mostly on putting greens, or for lawns used for boccie or croquet.
  • Very low, fine textured grass.
  • Spreads readily through rhizomes.
  • Susceptible to a wide range of fungal diseases. Requires frequent mowing. Considered high maintenance.
  • Good cold temperature tolerance. Fair heat tolerance.

What Will Kill Dandelions?

What Will Kill Dandelions

As a landscaper, I am often asked what will kill dandelions. This weed attracts so much attention because its bright yellow flowers become an eyesore on an otherwise lush green lawn. Then the flower turns into an ugly, fuzzy, round, seed ball that scatters in the wind. The scatters seeds enable dandelions to spread fast and easily.

Description of Dandelions

Dandelions are a perennial broad-leaf weed. The leaves are dark green, scalloped, and form a rosette growing close to the soil surface. Its large yellow flowers turn into puffy seed head heads when the seeds are ready to be released. The taproots are thick and long, growing to a length of 20 or more inches.

Control of Dandelions

To get rid of the plant, the entire root must be eliminated. Manually digging it out is a futile measure because any remnant of root is capable of forming a new plant.

The only practical control methods are the use of chemicals and practicing proper lawn maintenance.

1. Chemical Control

Dandelions grow best in spring and fall. Chemical control is most effective when this weed is a postemergent seedling. So the best timing for treatment is in the mid-spring and early fall.

  • Dandelions In Lawn – What will kill dandelions in your lawn is a systemic selective herbicide. The term, selective herbicide, means it will kill the weeds, not the grass. 2,4-D or MCPP are the most effective herbicides for this purpose. Garden centers sell it under different brand names such as Speedzone, Momentum, Trimec, and Trimec Plus.
  • Dandelions in Plant Beds, Patios, Sidewalks – What will kill dandelions best in these other locations is a nonselective herbicide. The term, nonselective herbicide, means it will kill any plant it touches, not just dandelions. Garden centers sell nonselective herbicides under many brand names. The most common brand name is Roundup, whose main ingredient is glyphosphate. This chemical causes weeds to stop producing proteins and they starve to death in 7 to 10 days.

Spray dandelions on a windless day when temperatures are higher than 60 degrees, but less than 85 degrees Farenheit.

If you get tired of battling weeds or don’t want to be exposed to pesticides, have a local lawn treatment company do it. I like how you can sign up online for a free estimate.

2. Proper Lawn Maintenance

Since dandelions thrive on thin weak turf, a good preventative measure is proper lawn maintenance.

  1. Mow high and mow often. Mowing high means keeping your grass on the longer side of its optimal height. This keeps the soil cooler and provides shade that restricts the growth of annual weeds. Weed seeds on the soil surface need the heat of the sun to flourish. Scalping your lawn is an open invitation for weeds. Second, once weeds have already invaded your lawn, frequent mowing will keep them in check. A weed can’t form seedheads when its topmost growth keeps getting lopped off.
  2. Fertilize at the correct times. The goal is to feed your lawn, not your weeds. Cool season grasses should be fertilized in early spring and late fall. Fertilizing cool season grasses in the heat of the summer will only promote more weeds. Warm season grasses should be fertilized at the height of their growth period in the summer. Avoid feeding in the cooler spring or summer when the weeds are likely to emerge.
  3. Water deeply and infrequently. There are weed seeds hiding out in your lawn just waiting for the right conditions to emerge. Those seeds grow best when kept damp with light frequent watering.
  4. Reseed in the Fall. The fall is the best time to reseed for several reasons. Grass has nine months to get its roots deep and to get more established before facing the summer heat. It has a better chance surviving than grass planted in the spring. In the North, crabgrass and other weeds complete their life cycles in the fall and die out. So they aren’t there to compete with the new seedlings for space, water, and soil nutrients.

All About Commercial Lawn Mowers.

All About Commercial Lawn Mowers.

Commercial lawn mowers deliver that sharp, well-manicured look for your lawn.

These machines are wider, have deeper decks and more suction. Other mowers do not give the same striping effect. So, if you want your lawn to look professionally maintained, start by choosing a lawn mower that a landscaper would use.

In general, the initial costs of commercial lawn mowers are more expensive than traditional ones. However, commercial equipment will last ten times longer and make your lawn look ten times better. Another option is to buy a used one, but have a mechanic check it out first.

Riding Lawn Mowers

  • Most homeowners use tractor-type riding mowers with a steering wheel. This is not my top choice, unless you are cutting over an acre of wide-open turf. They are very hard to maneuver due to the steering design and lack of maneuverability.
  • Ride-on commercial lawn mowers are a great choice for mowing flatter properties, multiple acres, and where fatigue is a concern.
  • Most manufacturers offer a zero turn riding lawn mower, the Lexus of the lawn mower world. Landscapers love them because they are fast, maneuverable, very productive, and the best of all, you get to sit.
  • Most brands come in the following cutting widths: 36, 48, 52, 60 and 72 inches.
  • Price range is $5,000-11,000.
  • Compare the top zero turn riders.

Commercial Lawn Mowers.

Walk Behind Mowers

  • Another productive option would be walk behind commercial lawn mowers. This is a great choice for hilly properties that you wouldn’t want to risk flipping a rider mower.
  • If the ground is soft, the machine is lighter and won’t sink in.
  • They are very fast, productive, self propelled and can trailer a sulky or velkie (a wheel the operator stands on—like surfing or water skiing.)
  • Most brands come in the following cutting widths: 36, 48, 52, and 60 inches.
  • Price range is $2,500-5,000.
  • Compare the top walk behinds.

Stand-On Surfer Mowers

  • If you can’t decide between a riding or walk behind mower, get a stand-on surfer mower. They are fast, maneuverable, and fun to mow with.
  • Its spring-loaded platform makes hitting bumps easy on the knees and back.
  • You lean your hips and upper thighs against a thick cushion for balance.
  • If you use it all day, your legs will feel tired from bouncing up and down, but it sure beats walking behind a mower all day.
  • Surfer commercial lawn mowers are safe on hills because you can jump off if you are unsteady.
  • It’s easy to maneuver in tight spaces because they aren’t as long as ride-on mowers.
  • Some manufacturers are Wright, Great Dane, John Deere, and Everride. I don’t know why they aren’t more popular. I loved my Great Dane surfer mower, but I had to sell it because I didn’t have any dealer support in my area.
  • Price range is $4,000-6,000.
  • Compare the top surfers.(

Small Push Mowers

  • The only reason why a professional would use a small push mower would be to get through a narrow gate or for properties where a commercial mower is just too big.
  • However, they are lightweight, good exercise, easy to maintain, and fit in your trunk if you have to bring it somewhere to get fixed.

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More on Choosing Commercial Lawn Mowers…

  1. Dealer support. I put this first for a reason. Even the most reliable mowers require a repair here or there. Even if you are mechanically inclined, it’s not worth having a mower if you can’t get parts for it.
  2. Get something you’ll enjoy using. If you hate mowing and your mower, your lawn is not going to get cut. A zero turn rider and surfer mowers are a lot of fun.
  3. Resaleability. If you want to hold onto a mower for the duration of its warrantee, so go with a name brand for resale purposes. I’ve gotten stuck holding onto off name brand equipment because people are reluctant to try something new. If you aren’t sure what has resale value, check out what’s selling on Ebay.
  4. Overbuy, rather than underbuy. I’m a firm believer you get what you pay for. I’ve tried about every mower out there, and have always ended up paying more in repairs in the long run when I thought I was getting a great deal on the initial price.
  5. Mower Maintenance. The problems of most commerical lawn mowers are attributed to the lack of maintenance. Before each use: check oil level and clean the engine blower screen. After 25 hours: clean air filter, sharpen blades, check tire inflation, battery and belts. After 50 hours: change engine oil. Annually: change fuel filter, spark plug, and oil filter. There will be less problems to troubleshoot if you keep up with maintenance.

Bobcat Mower: Predator Pro ZTR Review

Bobcat Mower Predator Pro ZTR Review

The Bobcat mower was compared to other the zero turn riders in the following categories…

Rider Mower Cut Durability Handling Available Maintenance
& Balance Accessories & Ingenuity
Bad Boy Outlaw B+ A- B+ A B+
Bobcat Predator Pro B+ B+ B+ B A
Dixie Chopper A- B+ B A B
Exmark Lazer Z B+ B+ A- A B+
Exmark Next Lazer Z A B+ A A A-
Ferris ZTR A- B+ A B+ A
Gravely Pro-Ride B+ B+ B+ B B
Gravely Pro-Turn A- A- B+ B+ B+
Hustler SuperZ A- A- A- B+ A
John Deere ZTR A B+ B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B B+ B B- B
Scag Cheetah A A- A- A A-
Scag Turf Tiger A A B A B+
Scag Wildcat A A B A B+
Walker ZTR A B B+ A B

Bobcat ZTR Mowers on Ebay

Cut: Rating B+

The Predator Pro’s cutting deck continues to give a great cut. Heavy-duty, basic cutting machine.

Durability: Rating B+

A tough simple machine. This Bobcat mower is solid performer. It is durable without being too heavy. They have been around for awhile so most bugs have been worked out.

Regarding engine choices, avoid the 37 Kawasaki Engine due to some failures. The Generac engine has been holding up surprisingly well. The 26 Liquid Cooled Kawasaki engine is also a good choice.

Handling and Balance: Rating B+

The addition of larger motor options (33HP & 37HP Kawasaki) has been long over due in the ZTR industry. The Predator Pro’s larger CC hydraulic pumps really shows that Bobcat has created a fast, well handling machine, with plenty of torque. The standard suspension seat and short overall length (80 inches) really makes this mower manueverable and comfortable.

Available Accessories: Rating B

Still not as many available accessories that I would like to see, especially for a company this size. However, they have added a catcher system, which is a great addition to their arsenal.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating A

The Predator Pro continues to be a simple, tough, no-nonsense machine. Not much maintenance. Most belts are spring loaded.

Bobcat ZTR Mowers on Ebay

Here are the Bobcat Zero Turn mowers that are currently listed for sale on Ebay. I’ve found some great deals there. And I’ve sold a ton of old equipment through it.

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If you aren’t already a member of eBay, you need to go to the registration page before you can bid, buy, or sell anything.

Lawn Grass Disease: 11 Most Common

Lawn Grass Disease 11 Most Common

Diagnosing the correct lawn grass disease can stump even experienced landscapers. It can be fungal, bacterial, or viral. The most common are usually caused by soil dwelling fungi.

Here is what may be destroying your lawn…

1. Anthracnose

  • Reddish brown spots with yellow markings.
  • Affected areas range from 2 inches to 20 feet in diameter.
  • Most common in wet weather.
  • Likely to hit grasses stressed by drought or low fertility.
  • Solution – Treat with fungicide.

2. Brown Patch

  • Dead plants within a circular area. Can be several inches to several feet in diameter.
  • Widespread on Bentgrass and warm season grasses.
  • Common in hot weather.
  • Solution – Remove thatch, aerate, and sprinkle on compost. Avoid fertilizers before warm periods. Treat with fungicide.

3. Crown Rot

  • Wet rot on the crown of the plant.
  • Solution – Treat with fungicide.

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4. Dollarspot

  • Dead grass in small circles on cool weather grasses. Larger circles on warm-season grasses.
  • Straw colored bands with reddish brown border on leaves.
  • Most common in spring and fall. Can appear throughout lawn.
  • Solution – Use fertilizer high in nitrogen, aerate the lawn, and sprinkle compost over it. Treat with fungicide.

5. Fusarium Blight

  • Reddish brown grass in irregular patches of wilted turf.
  • Circular diseased area (1 to 8 inches in diameter).
  • Only in full sun, showing green center.
  • Solution – Difficult to control. Aerate and remove thatch. Mow high during the summer.

6. Leaf Spot

  • Reddish brown to blue-black circles on leaves.
  • Irregular shaped disease area.
  • Common in Bluegrass.
  • Solution – Mow high and add compost. Reduce use of high nitrogen fertilizer. Treat with fungicide.

7. Melting Out

  • Leaves that wither, turn brown and die.
  • Most common when termperatures and humidity are high.
  • Solution – Treat with fungicide. Reseed with resistant variety.

11 Most Common

8. Powdery Mildew

  • Powdery white dust on the blades.
  • Common in shady areas with poor air circulation.
  • Solution – Treat with fungicide.

9. Pythium Blight

  • Wilted, greasy-looking turf. Tan and shriveled or dead grass.
  • Circular diseased area (1 to 8 inches in diameter). In low areas. Can be in streaks.
  • Most common when weather is warm and wet. Common on cool-season grasses.
  • Solution – Use less nitrogen fertilizer. Don’t fertilize at all in hot weather. Remove thatch and aerate.

10. Rust

  • Red, orange or brown powder on the blades.
  • Thin turf.
  • Common in shady, damp areas.
  • Solution – Water only in early morning so grass can dry quickly. Mow frequently at recommended heights.

11. Snow Mold

  • Pink or gray mold covering the turf after the snow melts in the spring.
  • Circular diseased area.
  • Solution – Mow lawn in fall. Avoid early fall fertilizing. Treat with fungicide.

Controlling Lawn Grass Disease

Understanding the conditions that give rise to a lawn grass disease will help prevent it from getting started. Common causes include:

  • Poor soil.
  • Lack of sunlight.
  • Grass seed not suited for climate and conditions.
  • Adverse weather conditions: excessive rain, ice, or heat.
  • Overuse of chemicals. (Use slow release fertilizer. Fast release promotes quick lush grass, which is susceptible to disease.)
  • Overwatering when the air is humid. Fungus thrives on wet roots.

If you need some expert advice, ask a local lawn treatment company. I like how you can sign up online for a free estimate.

Scag Cheetah Mower Review

Scag Cheetah Mower Reviews

The Scag Cheetah zero turn mower was compared to other top brands in the following categories…

Rider Mower Cut Durability Handling Available Maintenance
& Balance Accessories & Ingenuity
Bad Boy Outlaw B+ A- B+ A B+
Bobcat Predator Pro B+ B+ B+ B A
Dixie Chopper A- B+ B A B
Exmark Lazer Z B+ B+ A- A B+
Exmark Next Lazer Z A B+ A A A-
Ferris ZTR A- B+ A B+ A
Gravely Pro-Ride B+ B+ B+ B B
Gravely Pro-Turn A- A- B+ B+ B+
Hustler SuperZ A- A- A- B+ A
John Deere ZTR A B+ B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B B+ B B- B
Scag Cheetah A A- A- A A-
Scag Turf Tiger A A B A B+
Scag Wildcat A A B A B+
Walker ZTR A B B+ A B

Scag Cheetah Mower

The Scag Cheetah is the newest member of Scag’s “Big Cat” family with a 2-speed transmission and a top speed of over 16 mph. This machine is productive.

Cut: Rating A

The Velocity deck is hard to beat and leaves a smooth finish. It handles long wet grass better than any rival, except maybe the John Deere 7-Iron deck. The open tunnel like design really cuts well without clumping. The only downside is that the clippings can be dispersed a bit longer than an Exmark deck, which cuts and re-cuts clippings in all 3 blade chambers.

Durability: Rating A-

This mower seems very tough like other Scags. It has more moving parts than other ZTR’s (isolated operator platform, at 16 or 18 mph, any machine should be checked up on often. Running at higher speeds means more jolts and bumps. I really like the engine options, especially the 32 hp Vanguard.

Scag Cheetah Mower Review

Handling and Balance: Rating A-

This mower is a very fast and responsive ZTR. The 5400 transmission is doing very well. It is being used by several manufacturers. The isolated operator platform really smoothes the ride out. However, the overall length and weight should be considered on smaller properties.

Available Accessories: Rating A

Scag makes a great vacuum system, with a large capacity (16 bushels). The mulching system (Hurricane) is pretty good. The accessories are well thought out and are as durable as the mower itself.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating A-

A fast, smooth machine with a great cut. Scag really put some thought into this mower. It’s a winner.

Bad Boy Lawn Mowers: Review of the Outlaw

The Bad Boy Lawn Mowers (Outlaw Model) was compared to other top brands in the following categories…

Rider Mower Cut Durability Handling Available Maintenance
& Balance Accessories & Ingenuity
Bad Boy Outlaw B+ A- B+ A B+
Bobcat Predator Pro B+ B+ B+ B A
Dixie Chopper A- B+ B A B
Exmark Lazer Z B+ B+ A- A B+
Exmark Next Lazer Z A B+ A A A-
Ferris ZTR A- B+ A B+ A
Gravely Pro-Ride B+ B+ B+ B B
Gravely Pro-Turn A- A- B+ B+ B+
Hustler SuperZ A- A- A- B+ A
John Deere ZTR A B+ B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B B+ B B- B
Scag Cheetah A A- A- A A-
Scag Turf Tiger A A B A B+
Scag Wildcat A A B A B+
Walker ZTR A B B+ A B

The Bad Boy Lawn Mowers (Outlaw Model)

Badboy’s been in the landscape industry for a few years now. They are a very innovative company and are constantly improving their lineup, which is refreshing. Their prices are good and innovations keep coming. Time will tell their impact on the industry.

Cut: Rating B+

Badboy recently released the ArmorTek5 deck. So far the reviews have been good. It leaves a very finished cut: rechops clippings from one blade to the next. This B+ rating could go up or down due to the fact that this cutting platform is so new. It appears to be a well thought out deck.

Durability: Rating A-

Again, since the Outlaw Mower is so new, time will tell how durable it will be. The mower is very heavy duty with a proven transmission in the 5400. With a company so new, make sure you have good dealer support (always an important consideration).

Bad Boy Lawn Mowers

Handling and Balance: Rating B+

This machine is fast and has torque. At 86 inches long, this is not a short machine. So this should be factored in while mowing. The 5400 trany is smooth. The Outlaw has an agile athletic feel to it.

Available Accessories: Rating A

This is a strong point for Bad Boy lawn mowers. Everything from catching systems to front disc brakes are available.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating B+

The Outlaw has a basic, well thought out design, with some innovative features. The finished products are looking more and more fine tuned every year. If they keep going at their current rate, they should be a big future player in the industry.

Scag Mowers: Review of Turf Tiger

Scag Mowers Review of Turf Tiger

Out of the Scag Mowers, the Turf Tiger stands out as being the most popular zero turn rider. It was then compared to other popular brands in the following categories…

Rider Mower Cut Durability Handling Available Maintenance
& Balance Accessories & Ingenuity
Bad Boy Outlaw B+ A- B+ A B+
Bobcat Predator Pro B+ B+ B+ B A
Dixie Chopper A- B+ B A B
Exmark Lazer Z B+ B+ A- A B+
Exmark Next Lazer Z A B+ A A A-
Ferris ZTR A- B+ A B+ A
Gravely Pro-Ride B+ B+ B+ B B
Gravely Pro-Turn A- A- B+ B+ B+
Hustler SuperZ A- A- A- B+ A
John Deere ZTR A B+ B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B B+ B B- B
Scag Cheetah A A- A- A A-
Scag Turf Tiger A A B A B+
Scag Wildcat A A B A B+
Walker ZTR A B B+ A B

Scag Mowers

Cut: Rating A

Last year, Scag introduced its Velocity Deck. Of the 3 major manufacturers that introduced new decks, Scag came out on top. The Velocity deck leaves a beautiful cut—especially in thick, overgrown turf.

The clippings are discharged a bit long. However, the wide discharge opening allows a very even, clean dispersal.

Durability: Rating A

Scag mowers are the toughest ZTRs. These machines still go strong even after putting some serious hours on them. The only problem may be stress cracks in their decks, which can easily be repaired with a weld.

Handling and Balance: Rating B

The Scag Turf Tiger is a very long machine. Too long. This makes navigating around obstacles a bit awkward. The length may cause a space problem on trailers as well.

Available Accessories: Rating A

Scag makes a great vacuum system, with a large capacity (16 bushels). The mulching system (Hurricane) is pretty good. The accessories are well thought out and are as durable as the mower itself.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating B+

This mower is easy to maintain. The cutter deck is shaft driven rather than belt driven. Spindles are greaseable. Suggestions for improvement would be to shorten the length and increase the fuel capacity. It only holds 10 gallons of fuel.

Scag ZTR Mowers on Ebay

Here are the Scag zero turn mowers that are currently listed for sale on Ebay. I’ve found some great deals there. And I’ve sold a ton of old equipment through it.

Scag ZTR Mowers on Ebay

If you aren’t already a member of eBay, you need to go to the registration page before you can bid, buy, or sell anything.