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Turf tiger 52 or tiger cat 52

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Aussie-Gardener, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Aussie-Gardener

    Aussie-Gardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Hi guys

    For those of you that have experienced these mowers, can you let me know why you would pick one over the other?

    I know there is higher price and higher weight but I have read that the tiger is great on slopes with great traction. Hill side work is important to me and also less rips in the turf.

    Does enough of the 52 stick out on the tiger to mow close to tight objects?

    Thanks for any advice.
  2. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    Turf tiger is good for 61" and 72". Tiger cat for 48" and 52". I don't understand why they offer the tt in 52".

    Weight, trimside of deck just makes the tiger cat ideal.
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  3. Aussie-Gardener

    Aussie-Gardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Do you think the tiger cat as good on the slopes.
  4. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    Haven't road one enough to tell you. Guessing the tt is better based on width, weight, and cog.
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  5. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We had two Tiger cubs and now have 3 Turf Tigers. The turf tigers do much better on hills. The cubs would lose traction and slide. Have two 52's and a 61' turf tiger. Only downside no deck overhang on the 52". The 61" doesn't track as bad as 52". I think it has wider wheels.
  6. Aussie-Gardener

    Aussie-Gardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Does the hillside traction out way the lack of deck overhang on the TT 52.

    I currently have a Wright Z 48 and would hate to go backwards and have less traction on my hilly jobs.
  7. Aussie-Gardener

    Aussie-Gardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Do you think fuel use would be much more on a TT 52 EFI to a Tiger Cat 52 Carbi.

    Or does the EFI help a little.

    EFI better for cold starts also?
  8. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 486

    EFI starts better in the cold and is definitely more fuel efficient. I know this from personal experience.

    I agree with one of the previous posters who said Tiger Cat for 52" and smaller, Turf Tiger (or Cheetah) for 61" and larger.

    Also, and I don't know if this matters to you, but I always see 48" and 52" Tiger Cats for sale used. It's rare to see a Turf Tiger for sale used and if you do, it's always priced high. At least, that's how it is in my area. So if resale value means anything to you...
  9. Aussie-Gardener

    Aussie-Gardener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Yeah the TT 52 has 1 inch over hang of the deck each side. The tiger cat 3.25

    My wright z 48 only has 1inch also. I know more would be nice but I will trade that for better hillside performance.

    I can see plenty of value in the TT for $2000 more and for a 5-10 yr investment 2k more is better then me selling if I make the wrong choice.

    My main problem is here in AUS I won't find a dealer willing to give me test runs on either machine other than in a car park.

    I can't compare anything else to the wright and I would rate it as average on slopes but I know it's limits.

    I only hear good things about the TT on slopes.

    The dealers look at me strange when I ask about the TT 52. I don't think there are any in the country but I'm in no rush.

    Then again how many hrs do the dealers use these machines :confused:

    Thanks for the replies guys.

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