2015 Scag 61" Cheetah with 27HP Kawasaki 850FX Engine


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61" Cheetah with 27HP Kawasaki 850FX Engine


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Cheetah 61" Velocity Plus Deck with 27 HP Kawasaki Engine


The Scag Cheetah - The Fastest Cat on Earth.

The Scag Cheetah is the fastest and most comfortable cat in the Scag family. Clocking in at speeds up to 16 mph and featuring a coil-over shock suspension system, the Cheetah is truly a remarkable zero-turn mower.

The Operator Suspension System isolates the operator platform via a coil-over shock and provides additional comfort via rubber iso-mounts. This innovative, adjustable system soaks up the bumps and keeps things simple with only three moving parts.

The ZT-5400 transaxles have two-speeds, Low Range (up to 12MPH) and High Range (up to 16MPH). The large 15 gallon fuel capacity (dual tanks) keeps you in the field cutting grass. Fill up in the morning and cut all day long.

From the heavy-duty, Tri-Plate Velocity Plus™ side discharge cutter decks and the 61" Velocity Plus™ Rear Discharge Decks, to the various high-power engine options, there's a Cheetah that will increase your productivity and leave your competition in the dust!

Contact your local Scag dealer for a field demonstration today. The Cheetah is pure Scag quality with ultra-fast ground speeds, a soft ride and a cut that is "Simply the Best." The Scag Cheetah equals productivity.

Product Highlights
  • Operator Suspension System
  • Dual, ZT-5400 Hydro-Gear Transaxles (2-speed)
  • Up to 16 MPH ground speed for more productivity
  • 15 gallon fuel capacity (dual tanks)
  • Adjustable, foot pedal cutter deck lift system
  • High-quality coil-over shock absorber
  • Up to 350 ft. lb. PTO Clutch Brake
  • Double-tube steel main frame
  • Heavy-duty blade drive spindles
  • Operator friendly instrument panel
Product Details
  • Operator Suspension System isolates the operator foot and seat platform via a coil-over shock and rubber iso-mounts. The operator platform (seat and foot plate) are suspended to deliver a smooth ride, with only three moving parts (front pivot, rear pivot and shock...that's it!). In addition to the platform, Quick-Fit control levers and 3-position deck lift foot pedal combine to provide unprecedented levels of adjustability and ergonomics.
  • Up to 16 MPH ground speeds keep productivity at a maximum. Two-speed, ZT-5400 transaxles = Low Range (up to 12MPH) and High Range (up to 16MPH). High Range is perfect for traveling from job site to job site in an industrial park or subdivision or for transport back to the trailer. High Range can be used for cutting in less demanding conditions, like late season cutting, laying patterns or cutting dry grass. Most general cutting is best performed in Low Range.
  • Dual fuel tanks, 15 gallon total capacity keep you in the field cutting grass. Fill up in the morning and cut all day long. Fuel tanks are positioned low, enhancing the mower's low center-of-gravity and giving it excellent hillside stability.
  • Double tube steel main frame construction delivers superior strength and ensures years of trouble free service. This design is much stronger than "bolt together" frame designs. The main frame was designed for an ultra-low center-of-gravity to increase hillside stability.
  • The Ogura GT3.5 or GT5 PTO Clutch Brake delivers up to 350 ft. lbs. of starting and stopping torque. GT3.5 clutch with 250 ft. lbs. of torque is used on the 61" Cheetah. GT5 model with 350 ft. lbs. of torque is used on the 72" Cheetah. Adjustable airgap ensures long component life and reduced maintenance costs. Other brands of electric clutch do not have adjustable air-gaps and once they are out of adjustment, they must be replaced.
  • Heavy-duty blade drive spindles provide reliable performance season after season. The Scag spindle easily handles the high horsepower and torque requirements of this powerful mower. Three year limited warranty.
  • Standard equipment auxiliary canister air filter system on all Cheetahs. This provides increased service intervals and longer engine life.
  • Easily adjust cutting heights from the seat with the convenient, easy to lift, 3-position adjustable foot pedal. Wide range of adjustment from 1.25" to 5" in 1/4" increments.
  • Custom-Cut Baffle allows you to customize the cutter deck to your individual cutting conditions.
  • Deck leveling adjustment bracket allows for easy in-the-field deck leveling adjustment.
  • Quick-Fit steering control levers with dual oil-filled dampeners for smooth, precise responsiveness. Steering levers are adjustable (without tools) to fit a wide range of operator sizes, increasing operator comfort.
  • The oil-filled dampeners have three mounting positions (requires tools) to customize the resistance on the steering levers.
  • Custom, high-back, bolstered seat adds another level of comfort to the Scag Cheetah.
  • Foldable Rollover Protection System (ROPS) is standard equipment and easily fits into enclosed trailers. ROPS provides additional operator safety. Retractable seatbelts for added convenience. The low-hinge point ROPS design folds away without adding height or length to the mower when traveling under trees or low overhangs.
  • Extra large 24 inch drive tires and up to 13 x 6.5 - 6 caster wheels ensure better traction, less turf tearing and easy curb climbing.
  • Flat-Free front caster tires virtually eliminate downtime and expense caused by flat front tires.
  • Tapered roller bearings are utilized in the front caster wheels and in the caster pivots for durability and reduced maintenance. Low profile dust caps on the caster yoke pivots resist damage from impacts and foreign objects.
  • The front caster extension is replaceable in the event of damage from an impact.
  • "Split-Steel" pulleys are used on load carrying areas like the cutter deck spindles and pump drive systems. Split steel pulleys are stronger than cast iron or stamped pulley designs. Our pulleys are strong for long life and lightweight for reduced inertia and decreased wear on the cutter deck drive system, including the PTO clutch.
  • No plastic pulleys - Some [other brands] actually use plastic pulleys on their mowers. Not Scag. All Scag pulleys are made from metal. Plastic is for toys.
  • High-quality bearings and bearing debris guard on idler pulleys ensure long, reliable service.
  • Flip-up footplate panel for access to center blade spindle, blade bolt and the top of the cutter deck.
  • Operator friendly instrument panel includes an ammeter, ignition switch, mower engagement switch, separate choke and throttle controls. The hour meter is conveniently located in the instrument panel.
  • User-friendly mower design allows quick, clean access to the engine and filters, for easy maintenance. Rear hood and access panels require no tools to swing out of the way for access.
  • Spring loaded idler arms effortlessly keep belts in constant, optimum adjustment for maximum life and minimum maintenance.
  • Excellent hillside stability due to an exceptionally low center-of-gravity and extra wide stance.
  • The Scag "Simply the Best" commercial warranty stands behind you and your mower for years of profitable service.
  • Marbain cutter blades stay sharp longer for reduced maintenance.
  • High quality electrical components such as switches, wiring and harness looms are used throughout the Scag mower line for trouble-free service. In-line sealed fuses are easily accessible should they need to be replaced.
  • Digital hour meter displays maintenance reminders to help ensure that routine service is completed. The hourmeter only runs when the engine is running for more accurate recording of operation time.
  • There are many, time saving, money making accessories for the Cheetah like the Tiger Striper lawn striping kit, spindle driven grass catchers, halogen light kits and more.
  • SCZ61V-27FX: 61" Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 27hp Kawasaki 850FX air-cooled engine
  • Engine: 27hp Kawasaki FX, air-cooled, V-Twin, vertical shaft
  • Fuel Capacity/Design: 15 gallons, dual fuel tanks mounted low on the mower to lower the center-of-gravity and improve hillside stability and traction.
  • Travel Control: Twin “Quick-Fit” steering controls with gas dampers for smooth, precise maneuverability. Adjustable to fit various operator sizes. Adjustable damper positions.
  • Ground Speed: 16mph forward, 8 mph reverse in high-range; 12mph forward, 5 mph reverse in low-range
  • Main Frame Construction: Double tube, steel frame, full-length, fully-welded
  • Drive Tires: 24 x 12 - 12, 4 ply
  • Caster Tires: 13 x 6.5 - 6, 4 ply; Flat-Free, semi-pneumatic
  • Caster Wheel Bearings: Tapered roller bearings
  • Front Caster Arm Design: Bolt-on for easy replacement if necessary
  • Drive System: Dual Hydro-Gear ZT-5400, 2-speed, integrated transaxles (2 separate units); 16cc displacement pump; 21cc displacement wheel motor; 9” cooling fan on each unit
  • Hydraulic Oil Cooling: Yes - 9” fan on each unit
  • Hydraulic Oil Filter: 25 micron spin-on filter
  • Electrical System: 12 Volt battery, 350 cca. Alternator, 20 amp charging. Solenoid shift starter.
  • Belts: Kevlar cord. Self-adjusting, spring-loaded, self-tightening
  • Drive/Load Pulleys: Split-steel design -- stronger and lighter weight than cast-iron
  • Instrument Panel : Ammeter, key switch, throttle, manual choke, BBC switch, digital hour meter
  • Operator Suspension System: Isolates the entire operator station from the effects of rough terrain; Coil-over shock provides effective suspension action right where it's needed, and only where it's needed, for a smooth ride; High-back seat, fully adjustable, with adjustable, folding arm rests; “Quick-Fit” steering control levers feature incredible range of adjustment for optimal comfort and control; 3-Position adjustable deck lift foot pedal allows for easy deck lift for all operators
  • PTO - Electric Clutch: Ogura GT3.5 - 250 ft lb; adjustable air-gap
  • Cutter Deck: 61” Velocity Plus side-discharge deck. Floating, adjustable, anti-scalping design.
  • Cutter Deck Construction: Tri-Plate, welded: 10 gauge top, 7 gauge skirts, 7 gauge & 11 gauge reinforcement plates.
  • Cutter Deck Drive: Belt-driven -- straight alignment for increased reliability & longevity
  • Number of Anti-Scalp Wheels: 7 wheels in 5 positions
  • Cutter Deck Spindles: Scag Heavy-Duty Spindles w/cast-iron housing & tapered roller bearings, backed by 3-year limited warranty
  • Cutter Deck Height Adjustment: Foot pedal lift (3-position adjustable) with self-locking mechanism at transport position
  • Cutting Range: 1.25” to 5” in .25” increments
  • Number of Cutter Blades: 3 Marbain blades
  • Total Length: 85.5"
  • Total Width (with discharge chute in mowing position): 73.5"
  • Total Width (with discharge chute in transport position): 62.75"
  • Height (with ROPS): 67”
  • Height (with ROPS folded): 49.5”
  • Weight (with ROPS): 1350-1365 lbs.
  • 2 Yr. Commercial Mower Warranty—Parts & labor.
  • 3 Yr. / 500 Hour Non-Commercial Mower Warranty—Parts & labor.
  • 3 Yr. Deck Warranty—First & second years parts & labor; third year parts.
  • 3 Yr. Spindle Warranty—First & second years parts & labor; third year parts.
  • 2 Yr. Engine Warranty—Minimum two-year warranty covered directly through the individual engine manufacturer.
Actual ground speed may vary. Specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.



Engine Manufacturer
Horse Power
27 hp
Engine Type
850FX, air-cooled, V-Twin, vertical shaft


Dual Hydro-Gear ZT-5400, 2-speed, integrated transaxles (2 separate units); 16cc displacement pump; 21cc displacement wheel motor; 9” cooling fan on each unit
Wheel Size
Drive: 24 x 12 - 12; Caster: 13 x 6.5 - 6
Fuel Capacity
15 gal.


Deck Size
61 in.
Discharge Type


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