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Steering on SCag

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Wayne Landscaping, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. Wayne Landscaping

    Wayne Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    I have a TC 19/48, I love it but my friends Laser Z XS's sterring is much easier and lighter, i really hafta muscle the scag, does anyone know why this is or how i can fix it?
  2. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    Not sure how you can "fix" it I have the same machine Tiger Cub 19/48 and the yokes seem to pull hard to me also. I also have a Turf Tiger 23/52 and the difference in how these two machines are side by side in regards to the yokes is like night and day. The TT is a smooth, light, and responsive to me, when I get on the TC its a very noticeable difference.

    My employee used the TC primarily most of the season and whenever he got on the TT he complained about it being "loose" When I added a second employee 1st guy started using the TT exclusively and eventually liked it better. Now whenever I go out to mow with him he looks at me like a kicked puppy when I hop on the TT... I like the seat on it better than the TC :blush:
  3. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We have two Tiger Cubs both are 48/ 19 Kawasaki's. The hydraulics on the 2003 model seem loose compared to the 2004 model. If you are on a slight incline it will tend to run down the hill, where the 2004 wont even slide. What year Tiger Cub do you have?
  4. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,420

    2004 TC 2005 TT
  5. steve45

    steve45 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,325

    I just bought a TC 48/21 a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised that after a couple of hours of mowing, my arms were tired. I had modified my old mechanical drive Dixon with very light return springs and it takes very little effort to control it. I'm not sure if the 'problem' with the Tiger Cub is actually the dampers or the hydraulic control valves themselves. Guess I'll get accustomed to it.
  6. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 743

    We also bought a Wildcat along with our other 2 Turftigers. The Wildcat steering controls seem very hard. Our solution was to loosen the steering dampeners.:)
  7. hillndale

    hillndale LawnSite Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 214

    Hey All,

    My first post for this season. Springs a comin'!!! (6 weeks later than the rest the country here in Maine):confused:

    Anyway, I bought a Scag 42" Z-Cat last season ('05), and it's now in for seasonal service. I too have steering issues. I find the steering to have slow response, so then I over conmpensate and often spin the wheels. I'm having the exact same problem "running downhill on inclines", mostly with the left control arm. So since last season, has any of you come up with any answers on this control arm variance? The tech at the shop can't seem to see the problem.

    I think there is an issue with Scag hydro pumps or the gas shocks or something. I'd like to replace all that and see what happens.

    any thoughts?

  8. scagwildcat

    scagwildcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from nw. ct.
    Messages: 507

    on both my tiger cub and my wildcat when new had hard steering, it will losen up in time,when i first got the machines, my arms hurt at the end of the day, it was really hard to steer them, not its nice and easy... what i did to help this issue is lube all of the controls, mine were dry when new... as far as the machine moving on a slope, i would bring it back, it shouldnt move at all...sounds llike the hydro's need to be adjusted.. hope this helps you... good luck with your new machine.... there great!!!
  9. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,844

    After demoing a Scag TT I bought the Exmark mainly because of the Scag steering (I don't want to bench press all day long) Too hard.
  10. Wayne Landscaping

    Wayne Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    well i went to the dealer and the problem was on the steering damper so they replaced it under warrenty, but i sorta like the damper cause it smoothens everything out, i feel to jerky on the exmark

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