Scag tiger cat vs tiger cat 2

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scag tiger cat or scag tiger catII

lenniewalker said:

I guess you right. I saw on somewhere they where for sale. I can get a demo of last year model. I guess it would be best to go with the mower who has already that is proven to do well
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There's no serious difference between the two different mowers
There is very little changed on the tiger 2
It's not a new mower
It's more or less the difference between a laser z and a lazer z with red technology

Very few things of importance have been redesigned
The deck lift and parking brake are two of them
And since they are actual weaknesses of the tiger 1 design, you can't say the tiger 2 is un proven

The prices aren't even that far apart
You're pretty much just paying a bit extra for the tiger eye computer and the fancy throttle/clutch control
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Scag tiger cat 2 is a powerful mower capable of handling more than 24 acres per day. It comes with a Velocity Plus cutter deck to ensure the grass is professionally manicured. But what I enjoy most about the mower is the adjustable suspension system. No matter the terrain, Scag Tiger II gives a smooth ride.

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After a quick comparison of Scag tiger 2 and Ferris F160, I noted a slight difference in speed. To keep productivity at maximum, the Scag Tiger provides a forward speed of 12MPH and reverse speed of 5MPH.

On the other hand, Ferris F160 has a forward ground speed of 10mph and a reverse speed of 5mph. Another notable difference is the cutting width. For Scag Tiger II, I can choose 48, 52, or 61” cutting deck while Ferris F160 allows for cutting width of 48″ and 52”.

Since I have used both mowers, I also noted that Scag Tiger comes with dual tanks of 9.5 gallons. However, Ferris F160 mower is fitted with a 21-liter fuel tank to keep me productive all day.

Mower:Scag Tiger Cat 2Ferris F160Toro 3000
Engine:22 hp Kawasaki FX, 25 hp Kawasaki FT, 25 hp Kohler EFI, or 32 hp Vanguard24 hp Kawasaki FX or 28 hp Vanguard EFI20.5 hp, 24.5 hp, or 25.5 hp Kawasaki FX OR 25 hp Kohler Command Pro
Deck Size:48″, 52″, and 61″48″ & 52″48″, 52″, 60″, and 72″
Transmission:12cc pumps and 16cc parker wheel motorsHydro-Gear ZT-4400 Transaxles12cc pumps and 16cc Parker wheel motors
Seat Type:Suspension SeatSuspension SeatSuspension Seat
Fuel Capacity:9.5 Gallons11 Gallons8 Gallons
Speed:12 mph forward10 mph forward8.5-10 mph forward
Warranty:2 yr unlimited hours or 3 yr 500 hours2 yr unlimited hours or 4 yr 500 hours2 yr unlimited or 5 yr 1200 hours
Price*:$8,499 – $9,499$7,899 – $8,399$8,999 – $10,999

* prices only an estimate that may vary based upon a particular dealer.

Scag Line up Comparison

You may be wondering where the Scag Tiger Cat 2 fits within the Scag lineup of mowers. Below is a comparison between the Scag Patriot, Tiger Cat 2, and Turf Tiger 2.

Mower:Turf Tiger 2Tiger Cat 2Scag Patriot
Engine:31hp Vanguard, Kawasaki FD851D, 35hp Vanguard, 37hp Vanguard EFI22 hp Kawasaki FX, 25 hp Kawasaki FT, 25 hp Kohler EFI, or 32 hp Vanguard22 hp Kawasaki FX691, 23 hp Kohler Command Pro, and 26 hp Vanguard 810
Deck Size:52″, 61″, and 72″48″, 52″, and 61″52″ and 61″
Transmission:16cc pumps and 16cc Parker wheel motors12cc pumps and 16cc parker wheel motors52″: Hydro-Gear ZT3100
61″: Hydro-Gear ZT3400
Seat Type:Suspension SeatSuspension SeatSuspension Seat
Fuel Capacity:12 Gallons9.5 Gallons6.5 Gallons
Speed:12 mph12 mph52″: 8.5 mph
61″: 10 mph
Warranty:2-year unlimited hours or 3-year 500 hours2 yr unlimited hours or 3 yr 500 hours2 yr unlimited hours or 3 yr 500 hours
Price*:$14,000 – $16,139$8,499 – $9,499$7,199 – $8,219


Scag Tiger Cat 2 comes with a handful of engine options. The first model is powered by a Kohler EFI injected air-cooled engine that generated 25HP. This engine option is only available in 52-inch cutting deck models.

The second engine option is a Kawasaki engine. This featured across all models with 48 (FX), 52 (FT), 61-inch (FT) cutting decks. The Kawasaki engine options are a bit interesting. The FT series a fairly new engine type by Kawasaki. We would have preferred to see FX engines but maybe the FT engines will be just as good.

kawasaki FT730V engine

There is a 61″ cut model that offers a 32 hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine. This is a strong engine, however, it is a carbureted engine. Most of the industry is turning to EFI engines but there are still some customers that may prefer carburated.


Drive system

The Tiger Cat 2 is equipped with 12 cc pumps and high torque Parker wheel motors. If you're more familiar with Transaxles or maybe comparing to another mower… this set up is going to be closely related to the ZT-3400 Hydro-Gear transaxles.

Normally, independent pump and wheel motor machines are known to be a little jerkier than mowers with transaxles. However, it is best for you to demo each one for yourself!

Suspension Seat

What I like most about the suspension system is that it adjusts to my body weight. Apart from that, the seat is padded and comes with adjustable armrests. It also allows for both forward and rear adjustment which comes in handy when I ride the mower on rough terrain.

scag tiger cat 2 suspension seat

Split steel pulleys

This model is equipped with strong pulleys to ensure a long life. And because it’s lightweight, it reduces wear on the cutter drive system. These will outperform most other types of pulleys on the market.

Tapered roller bearings

They are fitted in the front caster wheels to reduce maintenance. Since the bearings are of high-quality, they can handle a large load than the standard bearings.

Drive tires

This is arguably the best mower that comes with all-terrain tires. What I like most about the 24-inch tires is that they are solid enough to support the weight of the mower. Also, they provide enough stability and curb climbing traction.


The braking system for this model is in the foot area. I operate them without having to take my hands off the steering wheel. This is definitely a convenient feature and somewhat of a unique feature. More and more manufacturers are turning to this method of brake but it's still not very popular.

Instrument Panel

This interesting control panel has most of your standard features, ignition, throttle, and PTO engagement. It also features Scag's “Tiger Eye” technology. This tracks your machine and gives all of the maintenance notifications and other cool information.

scag tiger cat mower panel


Scag tiger cat II excels when it comes to durability. I find the fully-welded tubular steel frame to provide years of reliable service. The aluminized engine exhaust increases performance, back pressure, and lasts longer than the conventional steel construction.

Overall, this mower is built to stand up to tough conditions. Tons of grass can be cut with this machine and it is made to take on rough terrain.


This mower has a wide center of gravity, so I enjoy a comfortable ride on uneven ground. Besides that, the torsion-spring suspension system allows me to adjust the weight accordingly. The seat can also be adjusted and modified to suit my back.

Overall, I think the mower is fairly comfortable… nothing too special. I'd say it is very comparable to any other mower with a suspension seat on the market.


While Scag is without a doubt of the most durable mowers in the industry. The aesthetics of the mower can sometimes be questionable. Obviously this is mainly up to personal preference so don't bash me for my opinion.

With that being said, I think this mower is only decent looking. Compared to many of the other brands I just don't think it is as eye-catching. I still don't think this takes away from the mower's durable build and amazing quality of cut… I'd take performance over looks any day.

Built quality

The build quality of Scag mowers, in general, is one of the best. They are frequently referred to as “tanks.” The Scag Tiger Cat 2 is no exception… it is a quality built machine that will last a long time.

You may be wondering how the Scag Tiger Cat 2 stacks up against its more expensive friends in the Scag line up? Well, yes, the Scag Turf Tiger 2 and Cheetah 2 are probably going to hold up a bit longer and provide more productivity.

Choosing the correct grade of mower is all about your intended use. There are a million different circumstances. In general, the Scag Tiger Cat 2 is made for a homeowner with larger acreage, a part-time lawn care owner, or a lawn care owner just getting started that's on a budget.

Cut quality

The Scag tiger cat 2 is built with three cutting deck models – 48, 52, and 61. Each of the sizes is the Velocity Plus deck. If you've ever been around Scag mowers before you'll know they provide one of the best cuts in the industry.

The slope nose design of their decks allows grass to stand up before being cut. The airflow and suction of the deck are incredibly good. If you're never cut with a Velocity deck I would highly recommend it.

scag velocity deck


This model comes with a PTO clutch safety switch, parking brake safety circuit, and seat activated engine kill. Furthermore, it’s equipped with high-quality electrical components for added convenience. Other safety features include a foldable rollover protection system (ROPS) and retractable seat belts.

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As mention above, the price for this unit is around $8,499 – $9,499 depending on deck and engine options. This is a pretty good price for this grade mower. It is competitive with the rest of the industry.

Wrapping it up

Scag tiger cat 2 is a compact zero-turn mower designed to do mowing jobs quickly and conveniently. But this is not just like any other mower. It gives total control and maneuvers well in tight corners. And the good thing with this unit is that it comes with unmatched comfort. The refined deck and specially-designed engine give better operational efficiency.

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Turf Tiger II vs Tiger Cat

Jan 3, 2013
Monday we had the opportunity to run a new Turf Tiger II for a few hours. We were on a large property and ran it with two Tiger Cats.

The Tiger Cats in my opinion and one of my workers as well had a better cut than the Turf Tiger II. Obviously the Turf Tiger with the 61"deck wold cover more ground than the Tiger Cat with a 52" deck but the cut was not better.

Also cutting areas where the ground was rough or there were tight places the Tiger Cat is much faster because it is so quick and maneuverable compared to the turf Tiger II.

I have demonstrated the Turf Tiger more than one time and own three Tiger Cats. In my opinion the difference in the two dollars wise is a waste of money. We cut incredible amounts of grass with the Tiger Cats and they are incredible when it comes to cutting grass.

I have never seen a mower that will cut stemmed grass like Pensacola Bahia as good as they will. We have very few problems overall with ours considering how hard they are run. My oldest if going on three years old and I run it daily myself. It has had to have some metal work done on the deck but I am satisfied with how it cuts.

2020 SCAG Power Equipment Tiger Cat II 52"


With roaring power and agile maneuverability, the compact Scag Tiger Cat II® is a force all its own. Where productivity is essential, the Tiger Cat II delivers with ease, capable of handling more than 24 acres per day.

Powerful engines and a tough dual pump and wheel motor drive system ensure dependable performance, year after year. Equipped with a Velocity Plus™ cutter deck, this mower will tame the tallest grass and leave it looking smooth and professionally manicured.

A full-body welded steel frame will not yield to tough terrain, while the low center-of-gravity keeps the Tiger Cat II stable. The replaceable front caster extension protects the main frame against impact damage and features tapered roller bearings in the caster yoke pivots for long, dependable life.

Comfort is maximized with either an adjustable suspension seat. Adjustable steering levers, arm rests and a big foot platform reduce operator fatigue.

For big value in a compact package, test out a Tiger Cat II today. But be warned. . . this cat has a big bite. Talk to your Scag dealer today to tame your own Tiger Cat II. Check out our social media page and our testimonials page to see what real Scag customers are saying about their Scag mowers.

Features may include:

  • Heavy-duty hydraulic drive system includes dual 12cc Hydro-Gear hydraulic pumps and large capacity Parker wheel motors for reliable, zero turn maneuverability.
  • Up to 12 MPH forward and 5 MPH reverse speeds keep productivity at a maximum.
  • Ogura GT3.5 PTO clutch brake has 250 ft. lbs. of torque for easy blade engagements and solid holding power in heavy cutting conditions. Adjustable air gap ensures long component life.
  • Compact mower size enables you to take the Tiger Cat II into tight places. The Tiger Cat II occupies less space on your trailer without sacrificing performance.
  • Choose a 48", 52" or 61" Velocity Plus™ cutter deck. Match that with a Kawasaki FX series, Kawasaki FT, Kohler Command Pro, or Kohler EFI.
  • Tri-Plate cutter deck top is incredibly strong. .485" deck top thickness from three separate layers of steel (7ga., 10ga, and 11ga.)

  • Heavy-duty, fully-welded tubular steel frame provides a solid foundation for years of reliable service; replaceable front caster wheel weldment.

  • Torsion spring suspension seat adjusts to operator’s weight to provide superior comfort. Seat features full padding, forward/rearward adjustment, high back, adjustable armrests and adjustable back angle.
  • 4-point rubber iso-mount system under the seat absorbs front-to-back and side-to-side energy to soften the bumps and provide an incredibly comfortable ride.
  • Dual fuel tanks (9.5 gallons total) keep you in the field cutting grass. Fuel tanks feature extra large, angled filler necks for easy filling. Molded-in cup holder allows for added operator convenience and comfort. Built-in fuel gauge.
  • Aluminized engine exhaust reduces back pressure, increases performance, and lasts longer than conventional steel construction.
  • 12cc hydraulic pumps equipped with cooling fans provide smooth and reliable power. Built in pressure relief valves reduce internal pressure spikes and add to hydraulic component life.
  • Standard equipment auxiliary canister air filter system on most Tiger Cat II's. This provides increased service intervals and longer engine life.

  • The foot plate area is extra-large for improved operator comfort and easier mounting and dismounting of the mower. Flip-up foot platform features an auto-latch
  • The Scag "Simply the Best" commercial warranty stands behind you and your mower for years of profitable service.

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Scag Tiger Cat vs. Scag Turf Tiger

Scag Tiger CatScag Turf TigerThe Tiger Cat and Turf Tiger are two premium zero-turn riding mowers manufactured by Scag Power Equipment. While both models are powerful commercial-grade mowers suitable for nearly any commercial mowing task, there are differences between the two. The Turf Tiger offers added features and functionality


Both the Tiger Cat and Turf Tiger offer a variety of features that simplify the job for the operator. Both models are equipped with an hour meter, allowing users to monitor the machine’s usage and determine maintenance intervals. Comfortable suspension seats, cup holders, and electric power take off clutches are standard on both models. Safety features standard to both models include a seat actuated kill switch, parking brake, and mower engagement switch.

The Tiger Cat and Turf Tiger also come standard with Scag’s Velocity Plus cutter deck, which uses a unique design to deliver precision cutting and high-velocity discharges while the mowers operate at full speed. The decks house three Marbain blades and use an extra large discharge chute to provide this quick performance. The Velocity Plus decks come with Scag’s Custom-Cut Front Baffle System, which allows users to adjust the deck baffling to tailor the machine’s performance to the specific environment. High strength precision drive spindles are used to ensure reliability under difficult conditions and unexpected shocks.


Beyond ergonomic features and the deck construction, the Tiger Cat and Turf Tiger are highly dissimilar with the differences starting at the frame. The Tiger Cat uses a single tube frame while the Turf Tiger uses a double tube frame, doubling the amount of steel around the deck and greatly improving durability. Both models have full length, fully welded steel frames; the Turf Tiger simply has additional reinforcement.

The engine choices also vary between the two models. The Tiger Cat is available with seven air-cooled V-twin engines with outputs ranging from 25 to 30 horsepower. The Turf Tiger is available with seven other engines with outputs ranging from 27 to 35 horsepower. However, the Turf Tiger’s range includes four liquid-cooled engines including a three-cylinder 28 horsepower diesel from CAT, for those users who prefer to use diesel.

The deck width also varies; the Tiger Cat is available with 48”, 52” and 61” decks while the Turf Tiger is available with a 52”, 61” and a larger 72” deck. The Turf Tiger also uses a drive shaft to power its blades, eliminating the risk of belt slippage; the Tiger Cat uses a straight belt. Both models offer cutting heights in increments of ¼ of an inch, although the Tiger Cat’s maximum cutting height is five inches while the Turf Tiger is adjustable from one inch to six inches.

The decks are constructed similarly, but not identically. Both decks use a Tri-Plate design, which uses three plates for maximum durability. The Turf Tiger uses seven gauge reinforcement plates in areas that the Tiger Cat uses 10 gauge reinforcement plates.

The wider deck and more powerful engines ensure that the Turf Tiger is capable of greater productivity than the Tiger Cat. Furthering this fact is the difference in top speeds between the two units. The Tiger Cat maxes out at 10 miles per hour while traveling forward and five miles per hour while traveling in reverse while the Turf Tiger is capable of top speeds ranging between 10.5 and 12 miles per hour depending upon the exact model.

The Turf Tiger also uses a more advanced hydraulic system. Both models use dual pumps, but the Turf Tiger uses larger 16cc pumps with fans mounted on most models. The pumps are not merely larger, but include pressure relief valves, extra large input bearings and shaft, and oil coolers. The larger engines on the Turf Tiger are capable of powering the hydraulic system with a minimum of parasitic loss to the drive wheels.

There are a variety of other minor differences between the two. Instrumentation also varies; the Turf Tiger comes with an ammiter and a water temperature gauge, allowing users to keep a closer eye upon the machine’s health. The panel layout is also different, with numerous analog gauges in contrast to the Tiger Cat’s relatively sparse indicators.

The Turf Tiger is slightly longer, heavier and taller than the Tiger Cat, even with comparable deck widths. Even the fuel tanks are different between the two models. The Tiger Cat has dual fuel tanks containing a total of seven gallon of fuel above the wheels. In contrast, the Turf Tiger uses an 8.5 gallon or 11 gallon single tank that is mounted low to minimize the center of gravity and improve stability at speed. The Turf Tiger also uses nine anti-scalp wheels regardless of deck size, while the Tiger Cat uses only four or seven, depending upon the deck size.

Which Machine is Right for You?

Both models perform the same essential function. Both are highly capable commercial mowers with zero turn capability and many users would be satisfied with either. However, users who wish to have a diesel engine or users who must handle uneven terrain and expect the frame to experience daily undulations and even impacts would be well advised to select the Turf Tiger, as its improved durability will prove to be an asset over the long run.

Owners who must clear large tracts of land in a short time frame should also select the Turf Tiger. It is the only model available with a 72” deck and most models have a 12 mile per hour top speed. The 20 percent increase in top speed coupled with the larger deck size results in a substantial improvement in productivity over the Tiger Cat. With a frame designed to handle terrain at higher than average speeds, most users would benefit from the added functionality of the Turf Tiger.

Purchasing and Servicing the Tiger Cat or Turf Tiger

When looking to buy commercial mowing equipment, seek out dealers with a wide selection. Shank’s Lawn Equipment has a wide array of machinery available at low prices. When it comes time to service a Tiger Cat or Turf Tiger, owners can purchase quality OEM parts with the help of a sophisticated part identification tool. This tool ensures that the part on the page is the right part for the right machine.

Since 1984, Shanks Lawn Equipment has helped thousands of people find the Outdoor Equipment and safety gear appropriate for their needs. If you are in the Washington County, MD or Berkeley County, WV area, stop by Shank’s Lawn Equipment.

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