Scag’s Cheetah is the fastest and most comfortable ZTR in their lineup. With decks up to 72 inches wide, transport speeds up to 16 mph and engines making up to 31 hp, this ZTR makes quick work of the biggest jobs, making it a great choice for groundskeepers and landscapers who need to take care of massive lawns.
The Cheetah comes with a choice of two engines: the Kawasaki FX and the Kohler Command Pro EFI. Both engines use full pressure lubrication systems, have high volume air filters and use high-quality materials and parts including cast iron cylinder sleeves and ball bearing-supported crankshafts to deliver the reliability you expect in a professional mower. Choosing an engine comes down to picking ease of use or power.
The Command Pro EFI’s closed loop fuel injection system reduces fuel consumption significantly, makes the engine less sensitive to stale fuel and extends service intervals.
The FX may have carburetors, but it beats the Command Pro when it comes to power. Both the FX691V and EFI make about the same power, but the FX850V has 27 hp, two more horsepower than the most powerful Kohler, while the FX921V produces a whopping 31 hp.
48 and 52-inch deck mowers use a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT-3400 hydrostatic transaxles, combining the pump, engine and drive shaft into a single fan-cooled unit. With this drive system, these mowers can reach 10.5 mph.
61 and 72-inch deck mowers use a pair of Hydro-Gear ZT-5400 transaxles. These units have two drive modes: in low range, they can propel the mower to a top speed of 12 mph while still having the fine control needed to make tight maneuvers. Shift into high range, and the mower can reach 16 mph.
Comfort and Maintenance
Speed is only part of what makes a mower able to tackle big jobs. To keep from beating up the operator when driving full speed, the Cheetah’s seat and foot platform rest on an isolated suspension system. The entire platform is supported using two pivots and a single shock, so it doesn’t add much to overall maintenance. An adjustable deck height foot pedal and steering dampers make the Cheetah comfortable for operators of any size.
The ROPS folds down to fit in enclosed trailers, and the seatbelt retracts automatically, so it won’t get hung up when loading.
Scag’s Tiger Eye display makes it easy to check the condition of the mower by including a digital hour meter and gauges for voltage, and oil pressure. Lights for the parking brake, seat sensor, and PTO are also included so you can find out at a glance what is keeping your mower from moving.
Dual fuel tanks let these mowers carry enough gas to run all day. 48 and 52-inch deck models have a 10-gallon fuel capacity, while 61 and 72-inch deck models can carry up to 15 gallons of fuel.
The Cheetah’s deck use Scag’s Tri-Plate construction. By reinforcing impact and stress points with multiple layers of steel, overall weight is kept down without sacrificing durability. Each layer comes together to form a 0.485-inch thick deck top using layers of 7, 10 and 11 gauge steel.
The spindles use angled bearings to spread the load over a wider area for increased service life. These are driven by split steel pulleys formed from a single piece of metal, making them extremely strong and light. Even the blades are heavy-duty: the Marbain heat treating process leaves an extremely hard surface that requires less frequent sharpening, even in areas with sandy soil.
The PTO uses an Ogura GT3.5 clutch 250 lb-ft. to engage the deck. This clutch can be adjusted as the friction surfaces wear down, so it lasts longer than more common fixed clutches.
Low profile dust caps on the caster pivots let the mower deck slip under fences and patios, getting in areas that would normally need to be cut with a string trimmer.
Kohler and Kawasaki both guarantee their engines for three years of commercial use. Scag guarantees the spindles and deck for three years, while the rest of the mower is guaranteed for two years of commercial use or either three years or 500 hours of residential use.
Get Professional Service for Your Professional Mower
Shank’s Lawn Equipment has helped homeowners and professionals with their outdoor equipment since 1984. If you’re looking for a new ZTR or you need parts or service for your current equipment, visit us at 4900 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, PA. To get here from I-80, take Exit 10 to Marion and drive one mile east.
Not in the area? Go to www.shankslawn.com. We ship OEM parts and accessories across the United States and Canada.