scag mower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by foxslawncare, Mar 26, 2002.

  1. foxslawncare

    foxslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I just bought a scag 52" turf tiger w/25 hp kohler. Since the season is just getting ready to begin I have used it very little. Sorry to ramble. My ? is when i ingage blades it dies. After engine warms it seems to engage fine. Is this normal with this mower. Any help appreciated. :blob4:

  2. lawnkid

    lawnkid LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    My SWZ just did that the other day cause it was the first time I brought it out of the garage since October and after the winter this is normal for me. Just let the engine idle for about two minutes and flip the blade switch. It should work fine after that first startup. To bad there is snow on the ground and it's snowing right now too.
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    I took my exmark out the other day and it stalled too. After it warmed up for a couple of minutes the blades engaged fine. Dont worry about it.
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I think it also has to do with what rpm the engine is at when you engage your blades.

    I know in the past there has been a lot of debate over you engage the blades at a low, medium, or high rpm.

    My distributor told me medium...less wear/tear to the electric clutch and less chance of stretching out the belts.
  5. foxslawncare

    foxslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    I have been engaging in high. I've been starting it every other day and the do that every time i first try to engage. hoping with a little use it will be less noticable. Rodfather you say try engaging in medium? I'll give it a shot. Thanks again.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Another reason to let it warm up.
  7. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    Mine will do that on cold days as well. Not that I am advocating it :rolleyes: , but if you choke her some when trying to engage, the blades will engage without the engine quitting. Not that I know....:cool:

  8. JJOHN22042

    JJOHN22042 LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Messages: 159

    Let your Mower warm up first. This always works for me.;)
  9. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    Let it warm up and engage at idle. Unless you enjoy buying and replacing clutches.
  10. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 408

    Just like your truck its a good practice to let it warm up first thing.

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