2018 Tiger Cat 2 or 2015 Cheetah???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by CDlawncare23, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. CDlawncare23

    CDlawncare23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    So here is the dilemma!!! I am looking to buy a new mower this season and I have found two options that I am leaning towards.
    Option 1- 2018 Tiger cat 2, brand new with 52in deck and 22hp Kawasaki. Pros- it has a 52 in deck which works better for smaller yards, it has the tiger eye system , its brand new, I would be the first owner and would have no questions about treatment, dealer is fantastic, should fit on current trailer, has weight adjusted suspension seat. Cons- It seems like it may be a little underpowered
    Option 2- 2015 demo unit scag cheetah with 61in deck and 35 hp vanguard. Pros- It has a bigger engine, it is faster, is still under warranty due to being a demo unit
    Cons- it has a larger deck than I prefer, it is three seasons old and had 331 hrs on it, it doesn't have tiger eye system, have no experience with dealer, and I do not how it has been treated being that it is a demo unit, it probably would not fit on my current trailer.

    These mowers are coming in at the same price of 7500 + tax. Let me know your opinion!

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,577

    I just purchased a 2018 tiger cat 52inch deck 22 horse power, just a few dollars under 8k
    For me the 52 each deck you can cut any property, the 61s are kind a useless here In my area , I would go with the 52
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  3. OP

    CDlawncare23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Thanks for your input, that's kinda how I feel with the 61. So you like your tc2 so far??
  4. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,787

    i like the idea of the 52 as well
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  5. Fortay

    Fortay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    If the larger mower doesn’t fit your trailer, the mowers aren’t the same price; you would need to add the price of the larger trailer to the cost of the 61” machine. I have a TigerCat 52 with the 22hp Kaw and it’s not underpowered. It cuts high stuff, wet stuff, and high and wet stuff. That Velocity deck performs as advertised.
    All that being said, I’m not convinced $7500 is a great price.
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,017

    To be fair deck side can’t be a con for both units
    Either you want one deck size or the other , one of the machines would have the pro

    The turf tiger is “long” compared to other machines
    It had the same frame for 52-72 so keep that in mind.
    I actually think it gives it a better overall ride and cut, but it could be a con in certain conditions.

    Do you really need the tiger eye?
    Are you really going to use it?
    It’s really meant to monitor machines used by employees who don’t check oil or air filters
    Less handy for an owner operator who is running his own machine.

    $7500 sounds like a steal for either machine

    I’d buy the one from the dealer you have the best relationship with

    But you can also tell each dealer about the other... maybe one of them drops the price to get you to buy theirs?
  7. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 16,017

    I bought a 23hp lazer z in 2001 for 6k
    That was a good price back then
    That was 18 years ago
    7500 for the same league machine now is very fair
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  8. OP

    CDlawncare23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    You dont feel that 7500 is a good price for a brand new Tc2 ?
  9. jetson

    jetson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    I have 2 tc2. 61/52 with 29 hp on them. Bought 61 2 yrs ago 52 last year.. 52 was about 9 after taxes.. 61 10 after..traded in my other scags bc warranty and tax write off .. but a new machine has its advantages. And the cheetah is a bit misleading. I had this same issue 2 years ago and chose go with the cat 2. The cheetah ur buying or thinking about buying has a ground speed of 16mph.. which is good if u have large commercial clients where getting from the far end of a place and back will save Time.. like a large apartment complex.. but it cuts at about 12 mph. The tc2 also mows at 12 mph ish and the cut is fantastic. So ur really only gaining ground speed in ideal conditions not cutting speed.

    In regard to the tiger eye.. it’s really nothing special other than an electronic dash board. I don’t see any advantages of it especially if ur doing regular maintenance anyway based on an hour meter.

    The cheetah cost the same because as the new tc2 bc it sold for higher a few years ago as opposed to the new one and the guys who bought it traded it bc the warranty had expired. Price match a new cheetah and it’s probably 10k with the same motor. Or more.. So I’d take a new tc2 mower with same mowing (cutting) speed with a 2 year warranty over the used cheetah any day especially if ur cutting smaller residential yards ur not going to miss anything by using a 52 /61 and u end up spending more time turning around on a bigger mower on a small yard too! But I use my 61 on everything! I don’t like to unload two mowers! . Like someone up there said.. it cuts like a beast too..
  10. Fortay

    Fortay LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    First, I'm cheap and I don't cut as much grass as most other guys on this forum so I was able to look for a few months. I found a Tiger Cat that was a few years old, but had only 75 hours on it and had regular maintenance every year at the dealer. I bought the machine from that dealer last summer for $5500 out the door. I think it was a phenomenal deal.

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