2024 Scag Cheetah II: Comprehensive Pricing & Review

2024 Scag Cheetah II: Comprehensive Pricing & Review
2024 Scag Cheetah II: Comprehensive Pricing & Review

Introduction to the 2024 Scag Cheetah II : Revolutionizing Lawn Care

Embrace the excitement of a fresh start with the New Year and the launch of the Scag Cheetah II Zero-Turn Lawn Mower! Our upcoming article promises an exclusive and comprehensive exploration of this top-selling marvel in the Scag zero-turn lawn mower lineup. We're committed to guiding you through a seamless decision-making journey for your next Scag purchase. Delve into the heart of what makes the Cheetah II an unparalleled choice, from its cutting-edge features to its exceptional benefits, diverse configurations, competitive pricing, and powerful engine options. Get ready to discover how this lawn mower stands out in the market and why it deserves to be the centerpiece of your lawn care arsenal.

Brief overview of Scag as a Brand

Since its inception in 1983, Scag Power Equipment, a division of Metalcraft of Mayville, Inc., has undergone a remarkable evolution. Initially, the Scag® products were produced under contract in Mayville, Wisconsin by Metalcraft of Mayville. This collaboration took a significant turn in 1986 when Metalcraft acquired Scag Power Equipment, ushering in an era of extraordinary growth.

Original Scag Cheetah

Original Scag Cheetah & Marketing Materials

What started with a single gear-drive rider model has now expanded to over 50 models, propelling Scag Power Equipment to become one of the leading independent manufacturers of commercial and residential mowing equipment, as well as debris and turf management tools, globally. The company's commitment to innovation and quality is widely acknowledged in the power equipment industry. Scag's mowers and accessories are engineered with the user in mind, prioritizing quality, performance, ease of maintenance, and durability, all while ensuring long-term profitability and value.

Introduction to the Scag Cheetah II

Imagine the sensation of strength and reliability as you approach the Scag Cheetah II. This isn't just a lawn mower; it's a symbol of unmatched craftsmanship. As you observe its heavy-duty steel frame and the Tri-plate Velocity Plus cutter deck, you'll instantly recognize its superiority in build quality. Three steel plates, totaling nearly half an inch, construct a vision of durability that sets it apart from any competitor. Feel the pride of owning a machine (minus the engine depending on which one) entirely manufactured in the USA.

Now, envision yourself taking a seat on the Scag Cheetah II's comfortable, iso-mounted mid-back seat, a design that balances firmness and softness in perfect harmony. The Operator Suspension System, a marvel of engineering, isolates you from the roughness of any terrain. You're in control, yet free from the jarring impact of uneven grounds. Each bump is softened, each ride smoother than you've ever experienced. The seat's 4-point rubber iso-mounting absorbs shock, ensuring that even after hours of mowing, your comfort remains paramount.

As you prepare to start, the Scag Tiger Eye Advanced monitoring system signals readiness, a beacon guiding you to action. The moment the engine roars to life, a symphony of power and efficiency, you're not just starting a lawn mower; you're awakening a beast. The electronic fuel injection hums a promise of performance and reliability.

And then, the speed – up to 16 MPH in high-speed setting. With every yard covered, the name 'Cheetah' becomes self-evident. Speed, efficiency, and power combine to create an experience that transcends mowing. You're not just cutting grass; you're commanding a powerhouse that transforms lawn care into a pursuit of excellence.

Feel the exhilaration of mastering your environment with the Scag Cheetah II. This isn't a purchase; it's an investment in quality, speed, and unrivaled comfort. Contact us today to experience the Scag Cheetah II and redefine your standards in lawn maintenance. Embrace the speed, embrace the quality, embrace the Scag Cheetah II – the pinnacle of lawn care excellence.

Unveiling The 2024 Scag Cheetah II


Advanced cutting system: 61" or 72" Velocity Plus Cutter Deck

Choose between the robust 61" or the expansive 72" Velocity Cutter deck options - each designed to be the centerpiece of your landscaping arsenal. The Velocity Plus™ decks are not just industry-leading; they redefine mowing excellence. These decks guarantee a superior quality-of-cut, ensuring a uniformly trimmed lawn that will be the talk of the town. At the heart of this high-performance deck lies Scag's signature ultra-tough cast-iron spindles, equipped with state-of-the-art tapered roller bearings. Plus, the smartly positioned top-mounted grease fitting, complete with a relief valve, ensures optimal lubrication without the risk of over-greasing. Make the choice today to transform your lawn into a masterpiece of greenery with the Scag Cheetah II.

Scag Cheetah Efficiency Chart

Engine Options Performance and Efficiency: POWERFUL Options from PREMIUM Small Engine Brands

The 2024 Scag Cheetah II Zero-Turn Lawn Mower stands out with its Powerful and Efficient Engine Options, delivering immense power up to 38 HP. This range of engine choices exemplifies the perfect blend of strength and efficiency, tailored to meet diverse lawn care needs.

You have the option to select between a robust Kawasaki® or a Briggs Vanguard™ air-cooled engine, both equipped with electronic fuel injection (EFI) for enhanced efficiency and power delivery. The EFI system ensures that each engine operates at peak performance, providing consistent power output and improved fuel economy. This means you can tackle even the most demanding lawn tasks with ease, all while enjoying reduced fuel consumption.

For those needing specialized capabilities, the Rear-Discharge model comes equipped with a 31HP Kawasaki FX engine, a powerhouse in its own right. This engine option is specifically designed to offer a balance of power and performance for rear-discharge applications, ensuring optimal results every time.

With these Powerful and Efficient Engine Options, the Scag Cheetah II isn't just a lawn mower; it's a powerhouse that elevates your mowing experience, ensuring that you have the right engine for the job, every time. Whether you're dealing with large, open spaces or intricate landscapes, these engines provide the reliability and power needed to get the job done efficiently and effectively.

Efficiency Enhancements: 

Experience unparalleled convenience and efficiency with the 2024 Scag Cheetah II Zero-Turn Lawn Mowers. Its groundbreaking features are designed to enhance your mowing experience dramatically. Firstly, the 12-Volt Outlet is more than just a simple addition. This innovative feature ensures your devices, especially your phone, stay charged and ready for use throughout your work. Imagine mowing while your phone is securely charging, keeping you connected and productive without interruptions.

Then there's the Tiger Eye Advanced Monitoring System, a leap forward in lawn mower technology. This system doesn’t just monitor; it provides real-time insights into crucial system functions, tailored to the specific model and engine you choose. It means you get customized, up-to-the-minute information, all from the comfort of your seat. This feature empowers you to make informed decisions swiftly, reducing downtime and enhancing your mowing efficiency. With these features, the Scag Cheetah II isn’t just a mower; it's a smart, essential tool that redefines the lawn mowing experience.

Elevate your mowing experience with the Scag Cheetah II, featuring an intuitively designed control panel that allows you to effortlessly switch on its radiant LED lights. These high-intensity LEDs, strategically positioned on both sides of the operator's seat, ensure that your productivity isn't hindered by low-light conditions. With the Scag Cheetah II, you have the power to extend your mowing hours into the evening, ensuring that not even the fading light can slow you down.

Ergonomic seating and controls

Experience a revolution in mowing comfort with the Cheetah II Operator Suspension System, a feature that truly sets the 2024 Scag Cheetah II Zero-Turn Lawn Mowers apart. This system is engineered to deliver unparalleled comfort, no matter the terrain. With its adjustable settings ranging from soft to firm, it allows you to customize your ride based on the conditions of your lawn, ensuring a smooth, comfortable experience every time.

The key to this system's effectiveness lies in its sophisticated design. The coil-over shock strategically positioned ensures that suspension is provided exactly where it's needed, effectively isolating you from the roughness of uneven terrain. This means less fatigue and more focus on getting the perfect cut.

Moreover, the seat’s 4-point, rubber iso-mounting adds an extra layer of shock absorption, enhancing your comfort further. This thoughtful design minimizes vibrations and jolts, allowing you to work for longer periods without discomfort. Whether you're navigating small bumps or more rugged landscapes, the Cheetah II Operator Suspension System ensures a consistently comfortable ride, maintaining your quality-of-cut without compromise. This isn't just a feature; it's a game-changer in how you experience lawn mowing.

Aesthetics and build quality

The 2024 Scag Cheetah II Zero-Turn Lawn Mower redefines durability with its Heavy-Duty, Double-Tube Steel Main Frame. This solidly constructed frame is the backbone of the mower, ensuring years of dependable service. Crafted to withstand the rigors of lawn maintenance, the Cheetah II is a testament to strength and resilience.

What sets this mower apart is its ultra-strong, double-tube steel structure. This robust design not only promises longevity but also enhances the overall performance of the mower. Combined with its wide stance and exceptionally low center of gravity, the Cheetah II offers unmatched stability. This means smoother operation on various terrains and more consistent cuts, regardless of the lawn's condition.

Additionally, the mower features a replaceable front caster-wheel weldment. This thoughtful addition underscores the mower's commitment to durability and ease of maintenance. It ensures that even in the face of wear and tear, your mower remains as efficient and reliable as on day one. The Heavy-Duty, Double-Tube Steel Main Frame isn't just a part of the mower; it's a promise of unwavering reliability and enduring quality, making the Scag Cheetah II a wise investment for anyone serious about lawn care.

Detailed Pricing Analysis of the 2024 Scag Cheetah II


 Model Description MSRP (List Price)
SCZII-61V-31FX 61" Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 31 HP Kawasaki® FX Series $15,332
SCZII-61V-37BV-EFI  Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 37 HP Briggs Vanguard™ BIG BLOCK™ EFI – electronic fuel injection $15,925
SCZII-61V-38CV-EFI 61" - Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 38 HP Kohler® Command PRO® EFI – electronic fuel injection $15,925
SCZII-61V-38FX-EFI 61" Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 38 HP Kawasaki® FX Series EFI – electronic fuel injection $16,125
SCZII-61RD-38FX-EFI 61" Velocity Plus™ Rear Discharge Cutter Deck, 38.5 HP Kawasaki® FX Series EFI – electronic fuel injection $16,275
SCZII-72V-37BV-EFI Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 37 HP Briggs Vanguard™ BIG BLOCK™ EFI – electronic fuel injection $16,725
SCZII-72V-38CV-EFI Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 38 HP Kohler® Command PRO® EFI – electronic fuel injection $16,725
SCZII-72V-38FX-EFI 72" Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 38 HP Kawasaki® FX Series EFI – electronic fuel injection $16,925

NOTE: MSRP Prices are from 12/7/23 and are subject to change. Please contact Gilford Hardware & Outdoor Power Equipment for Availability, up-to-date pricing, promotional pricing, and financing options

Price Comparison with Previous Models

The Scag Cheetah II stands as a testament to enduring value and unwavering demand. Throughout its market presence, this model has demonstrated remarkable price stability, particularly in the more sought-after variants. Notably, its pricing experienced notable increases during the 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 periods, a reflection of unexpected global events, supply chain challenges, and the impacts of the pandemic. Since 2022, the Scag Cheetah II has maintained a steady price point, even as demand for it has surged. Additionally, the pre-owned models, especially those from early 2019 and 2020, have consistently retained their value, depending on their condition and engine hours, making them a reliable investment for those seeking quality and longevity.

Performance and Efficiency: A Closer Look

Engine Specifications and Capabilities

Kawasaki® FX Series FX921V 31 HP

In the demanding world of industrial and construction work, the Kawasaki® FX Series FX921V 31 HP engine emerges as a powerhouse of reliability and strength. Engineered to elevate performance standards, this robust air-cooled, V-twin 4-cycle engine boasts advanced features like three valves per cylinder and a high-endurance shift-type starter. Encased in a sturdy metal engine cover with integrated clean-out ports, it's a testament to engineering excellence - a choice that solidifies your professional standing with unwavering confidence and exceptional durability.

Horsepower: 31
Starter: Heavy-Duty Shift Type Starter
Air Filter: Multi Stage Canister
Fuel Delivery System: Twin Barrel carburetor with fuel shut-off solenoid

Briggs Vanguard™ BIG BLOCK™ EFI – electronic fuel injection 37 HP

The 37 HP Briggs Vanguard™ BIG BLOCK™ EFI engine is a powerhouse of efficiency and durability. Designed for high-performance in all conditions, it offers lower operating costs thanks to its electronic fuel injection. Its advanced debris and air management systems enhance durability, while the full pressure lubrication system extends oil change intervals and improves overall engine life. This engine is not only robust but also environmentally friendly, with V-Twin OHV technology ensuring lower emissions and better fuel economy. Backed by a 3-year commercial warranty, it's an engine that promises reliability and power, optimized for maximum productivity and minimal maintenance.

Horsepower: 37
Starter: Solenoid Shift Starter
Air Filter: Five Inch Centrifugal Multi-Stage Air Cleaner
Fuel Delivery System: High pressure fuel pump module

Kohler Engine

38 HP Kohler® Command PRO® EFI – electronic fuel injection

The 38 HP Kohler® Command PRO® EFI engine, with its 999cc capacity, is built for jobs requiring serious muscle. It delivers exceptional horsepower and torque, ideal for tackling any challenge. This engine stands out for its durability, featuring a fully integrated oil cooler to extend both engine and oil life, and robust torque output suitable for tough commercial applications. Its hydraulic lifters require zero maintenance, ensuring hassle-free operation. Not only is it easy to maintain, but it also saves on fuel and automatically adapts to operating conditions, thanks to its advanced sensor technology. This engine is a powerhouse of efficiency and reliability, designed for demanding tasks.

  1. The engine and oil life are extended thanks to the fully integrated oil cooler.
  2. The engine delivers strong torque, making it suitable for demanding commercial tasks.
  3. The hydraulic lifters in the engine eliminate the need for valve train maintenance.
  4. Routine maintenance and servicing of the engine are straightforward and hassle-free.
  5. The engine's fuel efficiency reduces the frequency of refueling, leading to cost savings.
  6. Equipped with advanced sensors, the engine automatically adjusts to different operating conditions for optimized performance.

38 HP Kawasaki® FX Series EFI – electronic fuel injection

38 HP & 38.5 Kawasaki® FX Series EFI – electronic fuel injection

The 38 HP & 38.5 Kawasaki® FX Series EFI engine, particularly the FX1000V EFI model, is designed to handle the toughest demands with ease. This engine, renowned as the most powerful in its class, is crafted to elevate your productivity to new heights, unlocking unprecedented potential for your business. It uniquely blends exceptional power with remarkable efficiency, enabling you to tackle the most challenging tasks more quickly and with better fuel economy. The integration of Electronic Fuel Injection technology is a game-changer, as it intelligently adjusts blade speed and power according to the load and terrain. This engine is not just a piece of machinery; it's a testament to Kawasaki's commitment to superior craftsmanship and performance.

Fuel Efficiency 

The Scag Cheetah II sets a new standard in mowing efficiency with its expansive dual 13-gallon gas tanks, thoughtfully designed for refueling from either side. This feature, coupled with the flexibility to draw fuel from either one of the tanks or both, ensures a perfectly balanced operation. Further enhancing its appeal are the Commercial Heavy-Duty Premium Engines, each selected for their easy maintenance and fuel efficiency. This combination not only optimizes the Scag Cheetah II for sustained performance but also allows you to dedicate more time to mowing and less to refueling, streamlining your work and maximizing productivity.


  Specification Cheetah
GENERAL Total Fuel Capacity 13 gallons
Drive Tires 24" x 12"-12"
Caster Tires 13" x 6.5"-6"
Seat 4-point iso-mounted mid-back mounted on operator-suspension platform
DRIVE SYSTEM Drive System Type Hydro-Gear ZT5400 Transaxle. Two-Speed
Pumps Internal Pump: 16 cc
Motors Internal Motor: 21 cc
Forward Ground Speed 16 mph (high-speed)

12 mph (low-speed)
Reverse Ground Speed 8 mph (high-speed)

5 mph (low-speed)
Parking Brake Foot-operated pedal
DECK Cutting Widths 61" and 72"
Type Velocity Plus™
Cutting Height 1.25" to 5" in .25" increments
Deck Lift Adjustable foot-operated pedal
Construction Tri-plate cutter deck constructed of 3 steel plates totaling nearly 1/2" of steel. Reinforcement plates at cutter deck spindles.
Spindles Cast-iron housing with tapered roller bearings.
Blade Engagement Ogura GT5 (350 ft lb)

Adjustable air-gap for extended life.

Dealer Opinions on The Scag Cheetah II

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Having been a dealership specializing in Scag Outdoor Power Equipment for over a decade, our insights into the Scag Cheetah II carry weight, borne from extensive experience. This isn't mere bias but informed opinion shaped by handling the original Cheetah and witnessing its evolution into the Scag Cheetah II. Our journey has taken us through outdoor power equipment expos, visits to various zero-turn lawn mower dealerships, and daily interactions with professional landscapers. This extensive exposure cements our view that the Scag Cheetah II stands out as one of the best overall zero-turn mowers in the Scag lineup, distinguished by its exceptional build quality, size, and a perfect blend of features.

Over the years, we've observed Scag's commitment to refinement, consistently tweaking and improving the Scag Cheetah, making it a top choice in their range. Every component of the Scag Cheetah II is meticulously engineered, designed, and manufactured, focusing on performance, longevity, and efficiency. There's nothing superfluous about it; every part serves a specific purpose, reflecting the thoughtfulness of its design.

The Scag Cheetah II, with its robust steel frame and large rear drive tires, epitomizes the essence of a premium, high-end lawn mower. It delivers power, durability, and precision, living up to every expectation one would have from a best-in-class mower of its size. Similar to how luxury car brands justify their price with quality, durability, and efficiency, the Scag Cheetah II's price point mirrors these attributes, marking it as a premium, efficient, and durable choice in landscaping equipment.

Maintenance and Longevity of the Scag Cheetah II

Routine Maintenance Tips


View Scag Cheetah II Manual for More Information on Maintenance 

Long-term Durability and Warranty Options

The Scag Cheetah II offers a robust 2-Year Commercial Machine Warranty, covering frame and structural components like oil reservoirs, fittings, oil coolers, electrical switches and clutches, pulleys, hydraulic pumps, and wheel motors. This warranty, applicable for two years in commercial use, includes parts and labor, addressing manufacturing defects (excluding wear items).

For non-commercial use, a 3-Year or 500-Hour Non-Commercial Machine Warranty is provided, covering the same components for three years or 500 hours, whichever is first. This also includes manufacturing defects, parts, and labor, but excludes wear items.

The Scag Velocity Plus™ and Advantage cutter decks, known for their strength and performance, come with a 3-Year Cutter Deck Warranty. This covers parts and labor for the first and second years and parts only for the third year, specifically for commercial mowers.

Additionally, a 3-Year Cutter Deck Spindle Warranty is included. Scag mowers feature heavy-duty cutter-blade spindles with cast-iron housing and tapered roller bearings, enhancing load-carrying capacity. This warranty covers parts and labor for the first two years and parts only for the third year, applicable for both commercial and non-commercial use.

A 90-Day Wear Item Warranty is also in place, covering wear items like drive belts, blades, hydraulic hoses, tires, batteries, and rental use.

Lastly, the engine warranty is provided by the individual engine manufacturer. Details and specific warranty periods are available in the engine owner’s manual.

Accessories and Upgrades for the Scag Cheetah II

Scag Cheetah II Accessories | Gilford Hardware

For those looking to maximize the productivity and efficiency of their Scag Cheetah II zero-turn lawn mower, the HURRICANE PLUS™ MULCH SYSTEM, the High Capacity Clam-Shell Grass Catcher, and the High Capacity 3-Bag Grass Catcher are indispensable accessories.

The HURRICANE PLUS™ MULCH SYSTEM revolutionizes the mulching process with its innovative, patented design. It features the “Eye of the Hurricane” mulching plates, bolt-in baffles, and the Eliminator™ mulching blades. This unique combination ensures grass clippings are finely shredded and evenly dispersed back onto the lawn, infusing the soil with vital nutrients and promoting a healthier turf. This process not only saves time by eliminating the need for post-mowing cleanup but also benefits the environment by reducing organic waste. The inclusion of the serrated “Eliminator” blades, known for their high lift and “double-cut” edge, makes the mulching process quick and effective, enhancing the overall mowing efficiency.

The High Capacity Clam-Shell Grass Catcher further enhances mowing productivity with its dump-from-seat functionality, which is particularly beneficial in large-scale or commercial mowing operations. This feature drastically reduces downtime. The catcher's large hopper capacity, capable of holding 12 bushels, combined with a blower that pulverizes debris, allows for more material to be packed into the hopper, reducing the frequency of stops to empty it. The all-steel blower assembly, notable for its compactness, low maintenance, and quieter operation, is a significant improvement over systems with auxiliary engines. The automatic debris sweeper and strategically placed features like the dump lever and hopper prop rod add to the convenience, making it a top choice for those seeking to boost productivity.

Similarly, the High Capacity 3-Bag Grass Catcher offers a substantial collection capacity of 16 bushels. Its all-steel blower assembly, driven by the cutter deck, eliminates the need for an auxiliary engine, reducing maintenance and noise. The design of the blower ensures that debris is finely pulverized, allowing for more storage in each bag and minimizing downtime. The catcher's design, featuring hard bottoms, steel grab handle, and a front counterweight system, ensures easy emptying, bag protection, and mower stability. The metal debris screen and easy-to-use hood latches maintain the system's longevity and performance. Additionally, its tool-free quick-pin system for easy removal and reinstallation makes it highly convenient for users.

In conclusion, the HURRICANE PLUS™ MULCH SYSTEM, High Capacity Clam-Shell Grass Catcher, and High Capacity 3-Bag Grass Catcher are the top choices for enhancing the productivity and efficiency of the Scag Cheetah II. Each accessory offers unique features that save time, increase mower efficiency, and contribute to a healthier lawn, making them invaluable tools for professional landscapers and large property owners.

Recommended Upgrades for Enhanced Performance

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The Bottom Line: Is the 2024 Scag Scag Cheetah II Worth It?

2024 Scag Cheetah II: Comprehensive Pricing & Review

In summary, the 2024 Scag Cheetah II is an impressive lawn mower that combines strength, efficiency, and innovative features. It reflects Scag Power Equipment's commitment to high-quality and high-performance lawn care. This zero-turn mower offers a range of cutting deck sizes, powerful engines, and features designed for the user, making it a standout product in lawn maintenance.

It comes in various models to fit different needs and budgets, with a focus on durability and advanced features like the Tiger Eye Advanced Monitoring System for a top-notch mowing experience that's both effective and comfortable.

The Scag Cheetah II has been well-received in the market, confirming its status as a leading choice in landscaping equipment. Its durable build, easy maintenance, and strong warranty offer long-term value and reliability.

With a selection of specialized accessories and upgrades, the Cheetah II is versatile for various lawn care jobs. It's an excellent choice for both commercial landscapers and homeowners, setting a high standard in lawn maintenance with its outstanding performance and durability.

Overall, the 2024 Scag Cheetah II is a top-tier lawn mower, offering a perfect blend of power, efficiency, and ease of use, making it a wise investment for anyone serious about top-quality lawn care.

Discover the unparalleled performance of the Scag Cheetah II Zero Turn Lawn Mower through this insightful article! For those in the New England area seeking the ultimate lawn care solution, Gilford Hardware & Outdoor Power Equipment is your ideal destination. As an authorized Scag Outdoor Power Equipment Sales and Service Dealership, located in the tax-free haven of Gilford, New Hampshire, we offer not only exceptional products but also unmatched expertise and customer service. Make your lawn care experience transformative with us!

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