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Scag Cheeta, Nice? or Not?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by KnK, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. KnK

    KnK LawnSite Member
    Posts: 128

    Been cutting with scags since the 80's, but just walkbehinds, really like their decks on the wet , thin grass in sw PA , need to get off my feet a bit , in my 40s and a solo operator run about 35 accts a week , high end res,with a few commercial, is the seating system the cats ass or what? any input would be great.
  2. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,007

    I like the suspension platform on the Cheetah. My back used to get sore after about three hours of mowing, now no problems. The ZT I had before the Cheetah was a JD without a suspension seat though. I assume any high quality ZT with a good suspension seat would be about the same ride as the Cheetah suspension platform.
  3. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 705

    I own a cheetah. The suspension system works just as well as a regular suspension seat. My back is never sore.
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,794

    i have a deere. it was rough after mowing 2hrs straight without a susupension seat. i put a suspension kit on it and now i can mow all day without any issues.

    the cheetah is gonna be the next mower i buy but that is years down the road since my deere is only 2 years old.
  5. SRT8

    SRT8 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CA
    Posts: 1,267

    I own a Cheetah, rarely do i get to ride it but my guys love it
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  6. Curtis

    Curtis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 162

    They need an EFI engine on that bad boy, gas is going sky high
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  7. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,007

    No doubt, they are thirsty. I get about 1.9 gph
  8. mowcrazy

    mowcrazy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 872

    Thats what Ive been hearing also is the terrible per hour fuel...... Do you have the kaw 31hp?????

    I actually bought a scag cheetah today and it has the 850fx or whatever it is on it.............

    Here is something to try though man....... Everyone I tell this to thinks Im nuts but try it. My buddy has a scag cheetah and loves it but he was getting burned on gallon per hour at 2gall per hour on his. He started mowing at 3/4 throttle and said he now is getting 1.3-1.4 per hour. I mow with him at a few jobs and at 3/4 throttle it does just as good of a job as my cats wide open throttle......... AS LONG AS IT HAS A CLEAN DECK! It does a wonderful job........ We have been long time fans of the tiger cub/cats with the 61 velocity and his cheetah running at 3/4 throttle does just as well as our cats wide open throttle day in and day out......
  9. ztman

    ztman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,007

    I have the 31, never tried mowing at 3/4. Will have to give it a try
  10. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,849

    I love mine for wide open areas. My dislikes are the controls are a little stiff and the tanks over top of the spindles. Fuel I get 1.5 gph full throttle 34 kohler. The kohler will put out a big puff of smoke if you just start it up and let it run a min and shut it off. The next time you start it it will put out a puff of while smoke. If that makes sense.
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