Need the capability of a ZTR and maximum maneuverability without sacrificing deck size? Scag’s new V-Ride II updates their stander design for more comfort and better performance across the board. Available in deck size from 36 to 61 inches, there’s a model that’s perfect for your needs, whether you’re a homeowner or professional landscaper.
36-inch models come with an Advantage deck, while other models use a Velocity Plus deck. Despite the names, their designs are nearly identical. The blades are mounted on cast iron spindles with tapered roller bearings top and bottom to provide exceptional strength and durability. These spindles are topped with split steel pulleys that are formed from a single piece of metal, making them and lighter than cast or stamped pulleys, and the idler pulleys are protected by debris shields. The deck itself uses Scag’s tri-plate construction with a 0.485-inch thick steel top plate and replaceable side wear pads. Anti-scalp wheels are standard.
A front baffle chamber provides vacuum, pulling the grass straight up before cutting to get a near-stamped deck finish. Scag’s Hurricane Plus mulching system can be installed on these decks, adding high lift blades and baffles that enhance vacuum. Mowers with the Velocity Plus deck can be fitted with an operator-controlled discharge chute, letting the deck switch between mulching and side discharge by twisting a single handle. All models come with Scag’s Marbain blades, which have hardened steel and a tough outer coating for extended life.
The deck height on the V-Ride is adjusted using a handle next to the operator’s position. The deck can be raised or lowered to a height of 1 ½ to 4 ½ inches in clearly marked ¼ inch increments, and the handle has an auto lock to move the deck out of its transport position with thumb release.
The deck is engaged by an Ogura GT PTO clutch brake. It has an adjustable air gap to maintains grip as the clutch wears down, giving it a longer service life than a fixed clutch.
Massive 12 inch wide rear tires reduce scrubbing and make it easy to roll over curbs, while flat free front caster tires can withstand bumps when getting close to obstacles.
The operator stands on a textured steel plate mounted on a coil spring suspension. A new, larger pad protects operators of any height when leaning against the machine. Large, padded control levers reduce vibration transfer, while grips ahead and behind these levers provide several hand positions to reduce hand fatigue. Controls for the PTO, starter and parking brake are placed around these levers, while the fuel tank shut off and gauge are on top of the tank next to controls. The interlocked parking brake automatically disengages when the drive control levers are moved.
48” and larger models come with Scag’s Tiger Eye display that includes an hour meter and indicators for voltage, oil pressure, PTO engagement and other information. Scag offers a kit to add an air filter sensor, letting you know when it needs to be cleaned.
Scag offers the V-Ride II in four deck sizes with a choice of 7 engines:
36” — 15 hp Kawasaki 541FS with recoil start or 19 hp 600FX with electric start
48” — 22hp Kawasaki 691FX
52” — 23 hp Kawasaki 730FX or 25hp Kohler EFI
61” — 25hp Kawasaki 801FX or 29hp Kohler EFI
The 36” models have a top speed of 8.5 mph, a fuel tank holds 6.75 gallons, and dual 10cc hydraulic pumps paired with 12 ci wheel motors. All other V-Ride II’s have a top speed of 10.5 mph, can carry 8 gallons of fuel, and use dual 12 cc hydraulic pumps with 14 ci wheel motors and deck fans to keep the drive system cool.
Which engine is right for you? The Kawasaki FS has a dual element air filter and single barrel carburetor, while the FX has a large canister air filter for less frequent maintenance and a twin barrel carburetor for increased power. Kohler’s EFI engines are easier to start, uses significantly less fuel and are less sensitive to fuel freshness.
Kohler and Kawasaki both guarantee their engines for three years, while Scag covers the rest of the mower with a three-year warranty including a “no crack” guarantee on the deck.
When You think “Scag,” Think “Shank’s”
If you’re looking to buy a V-Ride II or need parts or service on your Scag, bring it to Shank’s Lawn Equipment. We’re a certified dealer for Scag, Kawasaki Engines, and Kohler Power so we can help you with everything on your stander mower. Our shop is at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. That’s one mile east of I-81 via Exit 10 to Marion.
We can also ship parts and accessories for Scag Power Equipment and their engines mowers to you no matter where you are in the U.S. or Canada. To order, visit our website, www.shankslawn.com.