Scag cheetah???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by lee b, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
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    How does the ride of the cheetah compare to a regular z with a suspension seat? Need a z that can handle rough ground without beating me to death.
  2. biodale

    biodale LawnSite Member
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    It rides nice. But the reason I bought one (will arrive Monday) is it is easier to drive a straight line when going over rough ground. It not as nice a ride as a Cadillac but my employees offered to pay the difference between the cheetah and the tiger cat. My guys work hard and it it makes them less fatigued toward the end of the day it is worth it. I get good equipment for my guys and they work hard. I think the cheetah is worth the money. At least I hope it is.
  3. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yup, for rough property you will want to demo the Scag Cheetah, Gravely 400 series and Ferris 3100. These will provide you with a superior ride compared to standard Z's with just a suspension seat. Which of these 3 is the best will depend on your conditions and preference.
  4. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
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    Homeowner Here:

    Like others here, my property can be "very rough" in some areas of the 3.5 acres. When I went shopping for my perfect ZTR. I wanted a unit that would cut very well at speed (Cut clean on the first pass), and have suspension to allow me comfort.

    My first choice was Ferris, but after four weeks of promises by the Ferris dealer to allow me to demo a 3100 on my property, it never happened.

    The Gravely dealer and the Scag dealer brought me a demo in the first week.

    The Gravely 460 air seat was just a little bit better than the Cheetah suspension platform., but there was a $2,000 difference in price.

    They both cut very well at speed. The Cheetah cut a little better

    So I went with the Cheetah (and the Scag Suspension seat), and still saved over a thousand dollars. That added suspension seat puts the Cheetah suspension performance way over the top......

    I now have ten plus hours and the Cheetah cuts my property in 1.5 hours (compared to 4.25 hours before), and leaves my yard looking "VERY NICE".

    Scag Cheetah 61" Kawasaki 31HP

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  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    That sounds like BS, you can't go that much faster, you tear up the equipment.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    If your employees are bitchin, then send them packing!


    Go with a Dixie Chopper, Suspension seat, Velvet Touch Controls, and springer front forks, makes your setup look like child's play.....

  7. CurbAppealKS

    CurbAppealKS LawnSite Senior Member
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    This was an ignorant response.
  8. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
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    I'm somewhat disappointed that you find my statement "BS".

    BUT, I know what is true, and what "BS" sounds like. Yes, I was somewhat surprised at the time savings.

    I reiterate, 1.5 hours cutting what over a 19 year period has taken me four hours and fifteen minutes to cut (4.25 hours)

    Scag Cheetah ..... it's all about a great cut and speed...... SON, you need to update....

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  9. lee b

    lee b LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wilson, how does the cheetah do on Bahia grass?
  10. WilsonBoud

    WilsonBoud LawnSite Member
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    Hi Lee, Sorry, I'm not well versed about grass, other that St Augustine. That I have in most of my front yard. The very large back yard is a collection of all kinds of grass. Isn't Bahia a type of Hay......?

    Because my yard is very rough, and stays wet for several days after a serious rain, I have seen times when delayed cutting left the grass very thick and tall (I do not cut in the wet...period). With the old cutting equipment, cutting through thick and tall was a struggle. The Cheetah 61" 31 kawasaki flies through that stuff with ease.

    I have read many comments on this forum that state the great Scag cut is the wide open chute of the Velocity Deck (and it's baffling), and the special Marbain blades keeping their edge.

    What ever the magic's working very well for me (no BS). At the end of a cut, I find myself feeling as though I wish I had more yard.

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