Scag Cheetah Mower Review

The Scag Cheetah zero turn mower was compared to other top brands in the following categories...

Rider Mower Cut Durability Handling Available Maintenance
      & Balance Accessories & Ingenuity
Bad Boy Outlaw B+ A- B+ A B+
Bobcat Predator Pro B+ B+ B+ B A
Dixie Chopper A- B+ B A B
Exmark Lazer Z B+ B+ A- A B+
Exmark Next Lazer Z A B+ A A A-
Ferris ZTR A- B+ A B+ A
Gravely Pro-Ride B+ B+ B+ B B
Gravely Pro-Turn A- A- B+ B+ B+
Hustler SuperZ A- A- A- B+ A
John Deere ZTR A B+ B+ B B+
Lesco/Cub Cadet B B+ B B- B
Scag Cheetah A A- A- A A-
Scag Turf Tiger A A B A B+
Scag Wildcat A A B A B+
Walker ZTR A B B+ A B

The Scag Cheetah is the newest member of Scag's "Big Cat" family with a 2-speed transmission and a top speed of over 16 mph. This machine is productive.

Cut: Rating A

The Velocity deck is hard to beat and leaves a smooth finish. It handles long wet grass better than any rival, except maybe the John Deere 7-Iron deck. The open tunnel like design really cuts well without clumping. The only downside is that the clippings can be dispersed a bit longer than an Exmark deck, which cuts and re-cuts clippings in all 3 blade chambers.

Durability: Rating A-

This mower seems very tough like other Scags. It has more moving parts than other ZTR's (isolated operator platform, at 16 or 18 mph, any machine should be checked up on often. Running at higher speeds means more jolts and bumps. I really like the engine options, especially the 32 hp Vanguard.

Handling and Balance: Rating A-

This mower is a very fast and responsive ZTR. The 5400 transmission is doing very well. It is being used by several manufacturers. The isolated operator platform really smoothes the ride out. However, the overall length and weight should be considered on smaller properties.

Available Accessories: Rating A

Scag makes a great vacuum system, with a large capacity (16 bushels). The mulching system (Hurricane) is pretty good. The accessories are well thought out and are as durable as the mower itself.

Maintenance and Ingenuity: Rating A-

A fast, smooth machine with a great cut. Scag really put some thought into this mower. It's a winner.

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