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    Need advice on 950M

    I am considering purchasing a new zero turn this spring. I have three acres to mow. I have had a Scag Tiger cat in the past, and although it cut well, I had considerable trouble with it. Mostly engine related. I have narrowed my choice to a 950M with the deluxe seat and 60" deck. I have an excellent dealer that I use, and he suggested the mulch on demand feature. I do have a good number of trees, so the mulch feature would be helpful in the fall. My question is will the quality of cut be as good as the Scag? Does the mulch on demand feature reduce the quality of cut. I am trading in a 1025R with 60" deck.
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    You’ll be just fine without the MOD deck even with leaves. I’ve had my 950R for two seasons, and my 4 acres have turned into an obsession instead of a chore to mow.



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    I would buy a 920 or 930 and keep the 1025R.

    I will never sell my compact unless I trade up.

    Oh, you will love the Ztrak.

    Excellent job of mowing, I would add Tweels.

    No experience with MOD deck.
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    Google the MOD deck and see what people are saying about it on forums like lawnsite, they hate it.

    Skip the mulch on demand
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    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
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    That is a great deal of money ...about $11.500 to pay just to mow three acres, when you could get a 54" deck lawn tractor(rider) and save near $4000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddyJ#9022 View Post
    I am considering purchasing a new zero turn this spring. I have three acres to mow. I have had a Scag Tiger cat in the past, and although it cut well, I had considerable trouble with it. Mostly engine related. I have narrowed my choice to a 950M with the deluxe seat and 60" deck. I have an excellent dealer that I use, and he suggested the mulch on demand feature. I do have a good number of trees, so the mulch feature would be helpful in the fall. My question is will the quality of cut be as good as the Scag? Does the mulch on demand feature reduce the quality of cut. I am trading in a 1025R with 60" deck.
    How old was your Scag.
    I know the Z915B does a really nice job compared to our older 2002 Toro Z-Master-150 we had. Actually everything about the the Z915B is far better than the Toro was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbeaag View Post
    That is a great deal of money ...about $11.500 to pay just to mow three acres, when you could get a 54" deck lawn tractor(rider) and save near $4000.
    The ZTR will cut better and faster. I ended up buying a ZTR instead of using my 1025r which has the MMM. So much faster
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    1025r TLB w 60D MMM & Independent Lift
    SN 114287 Built April '13 received 8/21/13
    180 degree thermostat
    Omni Transformer w/ integrated weight bracket
    Single Point
    Ken's Bolt on hooks
    Artillian Forks (42")
    Full Compliment of Wheel Weights (340lbs)
    Custom Seat Springs

    Kubota 326H 72" deck ZTR

    Stihl MS361, FS250R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    How old was your Scag.
    I know the Z915B does a really nice job compared to our older 2002 Toro Z-Master-150 we had. Actually everything about the the Z915B is far better than the Toro was.
    I put 635 hours on a 915B in 3 years. I Mow cemetery's, good machine sold it private and went to the 930M. I like the Kawasaki better.

    Had the PTO clutch switch fail one year when I took it out of shed and both front tires failed. All covered by warranty. Never have air in the tires on a lawn mower again.

    915B's are now 915E. Same basic machine just new model number.
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    The Scag I owned was purchased new in 2012.
    About two weeks after it went out of warranty the coils failed. Then the carb went bad and had to be replaced. Then the starter relay failed along with the ignition switch. None of it was covered by the dealer. It was a solid machine, but I lost confidence in it. I am sold on the 900 series John Deere. They appear to be well built, and I have a very good dealer that is customer oriented. Based on what I am reading here, I am thinking of skipping the mulch on demand, and maybe installing a Powerchute. Does anyone have any experience with one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eddyJ#9022 View Post
    The Scag I owned was purchased new in 2012.
    About two weeks after it went out of warranty the coils failed. Then the carb went bad and had to be replaced. Then the starter relay failed along with the ignition switch. None of it was covered by the dealer. It was a solid machine, but I lost confidence in it. I am sold on the 900 series John Deere. They appear to be well built, and I have a very good dealer that is customer oriented. Based on what I am reading here, I am thinking of skipping the mulch on demand, and maybe installing a Powerchute. Does anyone have any experience with one?
    I agree with others.
    I don't have a power chute but I did add this for fall cleanup...

    https://www.greentractortalk.com/for...ute-cover.html
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