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Got my Cheetah in FINALLY...small review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by slowleak1, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    Finally got my Cheetah. Got it with the 36 hp big block, and 61" velocity plus deck (standard deck)

    Cut some 3 week growth (st. aug, super thick) at about 3/4 full forward speed and she didn't skip a beat, or a single blade of grass for that matter. Deck was set at 3.5"

    Cut some 2 week old st aug mixed with random weeds, same results, but at full forward speed. Both scenarios were in low gear.

    Tried to cut some thick random weeds in HI gear (16 mph) and it actually cut better than my old Hustler fasttrak super duty did at full speed, but it did leave a couple stragglers here and there, although I definitely DO NOT reccomend cutting in HI. I was also instructed to NOT cut in high when I picked up the mower, and that HI is strictly for transport purposes.

    The power it has is absolutely amazing, I think I might have bogged it 2 times at most cutting as fast as it would let me. Cutting at 16 mph is just STUPID fast, and not very nerve wracking. I didnt get a chance to cut pure grass at full speed in HI, but it cut extremely well on the stuff I did cut.

    In low, it will cut at full speed with no hesitation, and no missed blades of grass.

    I will be installing a mulching kit next week and report back how it does.

    I will also get some pictures up later for all you picture whores ;)
  2. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    Congrats! Cant wait for pics.
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  3. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
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  4. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Congrats!! !! How do you like the ride?
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  5. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,396

    What's the price difference between the 61. Turf tiger and 61 cheetah? I think a 61 Tt with 27 kohler runs 10.5 here. Not sure about cheetah..
  6. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,921

    I'm looking forward to hearing more about your Cheetah experience.

    I think you have the best big block mower engine built today, and yes, contrary to popular belief, there are areas that can be cut at 15 mph. When I say 15, I'm taking into consideration the blade an grass drag pulling at least 1 mph off its 16 mph top speed. The only thing that would make the engine better would be a closed loop fuel injection system, and I understand this is being worked on.
  7. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    The TT was $200 more and came with a 35 big block versus the 36 that the cheetah has. Only reason for the power difference is the cheetah uses a vertical shaft and the TT uses a horizontal shaft.

    Im looking forward to actually getting to use it! Lol. Too much rain lately. And I honestly don't think I will ever be able to open it up and cut at anything above 12ish, the terrain is too rough for one, and the high speed uses up a ton of power. Time will tell though. Hopefully tuesday or wednesday I will be able to get out to my big property (the reason I bought it) to open it up and try it out, but that is pending on what this storm that is brewing decides to do :cry:
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    Don't know what brand ZTR your coming from, but how is the edge of deck visibility with the gas tanks?
  9. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    We demoed one and didn't see any difference, we use Ferris and have also used Dixie Chopper.
  10. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,486

    congrats on the cheetah, every time i cut my bigger lawns and the customer is watching they say its quite entertaining to see me cut the lawn on then new machine vs. my 48" tiger cub i had, they can't believe how fast it is and how nice it cuts at the speeds i'm going, not that my tiger cub with the advantage deck didn't cut great but the cheetah is animal on all my accounts even the pickiest customers i have in million dollar houses comment on how perfect the lawn looks when i'm and how much attention to detail i have compared to anyone else they have used in the past. i really wanna demo a 72 and see what kinda times i can shave off each lawn right now. anyways congrats and have fun with it.

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