Scag Power Equipment began in 1983 with only one gear-drive mower. Now a division of Metalcraft of Mayville, Inc., Scag -- the largest independent manufacturer of commercial mowing equipment in America -- designs and manufacturers over 50 mowers, each with its own varying specifications. Specs of the mowers may change over time as the company alters its line-up.
As of 2010, Scag Power Equipment offers five lines of zero-turn riding mowers. Turf Tiger mowers feature engines with outputs of up to 35 horsepower and a choice of 52-, 61- or 72-inch cutter decks. Air-cooled, liquid-cooled or fuel-injected engines power these riders. The Cheetah line presents Scag's fastest rider, reaching speeds of up to 16 miles per hour via engines that output as many as 34 horses. Wildcat and Tiger Cat lines offer more compact chassis than the Turf Tiger and Cheetah models and come equipped with engines up to 27 or 26 horsepower, respectively. Both of these lines feature cutter decks of 48, 52 and 61 inches. Scag's Freedom Z rider gears toward commercial or large estate use, with a 28-horsepower air-cooled engine powering a 36-, 48-, 52- or 61-inch deck.
Scag's V-Ride mower, available in a variety of configurations, offers a stand-on mower option. Kawasaki FX commercial-grade engines in 20, 24, 26 and 29 horsepower options drive Advantage or Velocity Plus cutter decks in sizes ranging from 36 to 61 inches. This mower reaches speeds of up to 11 miles per hour. The V-Ride mower features hydraulic air coolers, a dual hydraulic pump wheel-motor drive system and a heavy-duty steel mainframe. A coil-suspension platform and extra-large drive tires help the V-Ride maintain a low centre of gravity. Mounted on the platform, 3.5-inch springs provide 1.25 inches of shock absorption.
Unlike most walk-behind mowers, Scag's line of walk-behinds gear toward commercial-grade applications. The company's entry-level SWZ hydro walk-behind provides a zero-turn option for uphill mowing and features cutter decks in sizes from 36 to 52 inches. This model attaches to trailers via a hydraulic drive system. The Scag SW belt drive walk-behind uses a 5-speed Peerless transmission with a heavy-duty 9-spline coupler shaft, allowing for ground speeds of up to six miles per hour. SW models feature cutter decks of 32 to 52 inches. A floating deck belt-drive walk-behind model -- the SFW -- relies on a 4-speed transmission and cutter decks between 36 and 48 inches. The limited-availability SWZU walk-behind with 36- to 52-inch cutter decks features an Adjust-A-Trac tracking system and spring-loaded belt systems.
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