Scag Dilemma

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Summertime77, May 23, 2014.

  1. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
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    I should mention that my 72" Cheetah does actually have the outer rear anti-scalps but they're only available on the 72" Cheetahs. I guess it's because of the increased risk of scalping with a 72" mower.
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  2. Summertime77

    Summertime77 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks everyone for the responses. It sounds like the Turf Tiger might be a better fit for me. I am actually just a homeowner looking to purchase a machine that will last a long long time with a high quality of cut.

    I just feel like for the same money the Turf Tiger is a more heavy duty machine for the money. It appears you get less with the Cheetah. You do get a fancy ride and high speed but you also don't get a pump/wheel motor set up. And the dual gas tanks are just a pain I think. You should have an option to run off of both tanks at same time. And someone mentioned visibility I can see where that might be an issue with the Cheetah's tanks. The biggest problem I have is my dealer doesn't stock the Turf Tigers. So I've driven a Cheetah but hate to order a Tiger and regret it.
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  3. alancamby

    alancamby LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
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    I was shocked on the first post on the price.
    Are these machines used?
    I thought the cheetah was quite a bit cheaper when comparing same engine and deck size?
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  4. Summertime77

    Summertime77 LawnSite Member
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    My dealer quoted me all new machines ;
    Turf Tiger 61" 35Hp Briggs $11,000
    Cheetah 61" 35Hp Briggs $10,900
    Cheetah 61" 27Hp Kawasaki $9,999
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  5. alancamby

    alancamby LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
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    Ok, did not know.

    The hydrogear 5400 don't bother me. What does is I think they lack a cooler.
    Fans blowing on a housing don't seem like much of a cooling affect.

    I demoed a 460 with the same Trans (without 2 speeds) and it did not have a cooler.
    After a hour of flat ground mowing the Trans were 180 degrees with my IR thermometer.

    Hydrogear shows a optional port for a cooler loop.
    The cheetah doesn't have the cooler, right.

    I have a fan that turns on at 175 degrees on my dixie chopper. I am running a B&M Trans cooler.
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  6. Summertime77

    Summertime77 LawnSite Member
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    Yep your right. No cooler on the Cheetah.
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  7. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
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    Scag TT with the 35 Vanguard, you will never regret the purchase.
     
  8. alancamby

    alancamby LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
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    I was quoted the same as you for the 61" Cheetah with 27hp kaw and local dealer has one in stock.
    Cheetah with Briggs (he said it was a 36hp :confused:) was $11,200 and has to be ordered. He said TT has the 35hp Van.(since horizontal shaft).
    Only Scag demo available is the Tiger Cat. So I might not ever know how one rides. Dealer said he thinks the TT rides just as well as the Cheetah but the tiger cat would not compare so would be a bad example to test. I have been offered a ride in the parking lot with the Cheetah. Don't know what good that would be.:laugh:

    The 460 with 31 kaw is $10,100
    460 with 35 kaw is $10,300
    Both 460's could be ordered and received in a week or less.

    I never asked about price for the TT. Looking over the threads, Cheetah should ride better?

    Still waiting on Ferris dealer to bring out the demo 3100.
     
  9. Summertime77

    Summertime77 LawnSite Member
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    You are correct. The Cheetah has a 36Hp Vanguard option.
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