scag cheetah

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by hawkeye, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. hawkeye

    hawkeye LawnSite Member
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    I got to run a brand new cheetah around a dealers parking lot and boy is that thing fast. My question is this- the hydros seemed to have an extra loud whine compared to a smaller toro that i rode is this normal and another quick question is how in the heck do you change the blades on this thing? I was told that you take the nut off the top of the deck instead of the bottom and that is fine but the two gas tanks seem to not give you enough room to get an impact wrench on them it looks like you have to use a socket instead, any input?
     
  2. tuffram

    tuffram LawnSite Senior Member
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  3. MOHUSTLER

    MOHUSTLER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Put a wrench on the top side and impact from the bottom. I have not noticed any extra pump whine from other modles.
     
  4. TheOctagon

    TheOctagon LawnSite Senior Member
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    I believe the "pump whine" you are talking about is the gear noise in the transaxle. They sound like a tractor taking off in road gear. Its not actually hydraulic whine but the sound the gears make.
     
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's always best to try and use a impact gun on the nut side rather then the bolt side. Long bolts like these used on the blades can absorb the impact and make it harder to remove.

    I just hit the nut quick with my air gun and the blades and bolts just drop to the floor. I only have to reach under the deck to install them. :)
     
  6. hawkeye

    hawkeye LawnSite Member
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    I know that works but problem is scag doesn't seem to have enough room on top of the deck to get a gun under those tanks!
     
  7. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    I see what you mean. Maybe a 15/16-1/2 drive swivel impact socket might fit? Looks like it would work if the deck is all the way down.
     
  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    you have to hold both bolts at once?...that sounds like a pain...i don't have an impact wrench...all i use is a socket on my mowers.
     
  9. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Holy cow scag went back to the through bolt setup? God I have not seen that setup in YEARS! That is a huge turn off for me.
     
  10. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    On the Turf Tigers you just hit the top nut with an impact wrench and the bolts fall out. To tighten just hit the nuts on top with the impact wrench, no need to hold the bolt from below. U can have all 3 off in a minute. Deck must be elevated enough to allow the bolt to drop. I haven't looked that close at the Cheetah.
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