Scag Zero Cat Power Mower

I wrote a while ago about this new mower I bought. Now I’ve used it for two weeks.

We’ve had about 12 inches of rain over those two weeks – so it was a combination of too wet to mow, and grass growing too fast not to mow. The PERFECT testing ground for a zero-turn mower!

The first time I mowed, I turned way to fast – I tore up some turf. I’ve learned to slow down on the turns – and I’ve learned that subtlety really pays off when manipulating the controls on this mower.

Even though it has rained 8 out of the last ten days, I have managed to mow my front yard three times in that time frame. Each time I did less damage – each time it took less time.

On my John Deere 42″ cut mower it took me about an hour to cut the front yard – not counting the space by the freeway – I wouldn’t cut that on my John Deere – even the the John Deere as a Spin-steer tractor (basically zero turn) it could get stuck back in those trees. It didn’t have the power to get me out of (or, one might argue, into) some of the places this Scag gets me. So now I am cutting more out front than I did. And it’s taking me less time. It’s a very forgiving mower if you remember just one thing – one important thing!

The roll bar rises about six feet off the ground – behind your back. You can move really quickly on this mower. Having the roll bar catch a tree branch when you are going very fast can flip you over backwards. I haven’t actually managed to do this (yet) but I came close! I’ve since trimmed most of my 45+ trees to above 6 feet – better not to have to remember!

I have an acre, about. The front is pretty open, and the back has a ton of trees – this mower works well in both environments. In the front I can open it up and speed mow. In the back I can zero-turn around even the most narrow areas. This is the advantage of the 36″ mowing deck over the 42″ I had on the John Deere – I can just cut more closely now. And since this mower is MUCH more powerful (and much faster) that the Deere, I end up saving about 45 minutes – about 1/3 the time, by using the Scag over the Deere (for my entire yard). The zero turn “tank handling” steering of this thing really makes a huge difference.

I have no data yet on reliability – it’s too new. But it hasn’t failed me in any way yet – not even a little bit. It is very solid – the metal on this tractor is 3x as thick as on the John Deere. This truly is a work horse. And running into a tree tends to dent the tree – NOT the tractor 🙂

So far I am very satisfied!


  1. @ Judy – I’m not sure – if the engine only dies with the blades engaged, then yes, it could be putting a large load on causing the engine to stall.

    If the engine stalls even without the blades engaged then I would say you have a problem unrelated to the hydraulics

    (Of course, I am no mechanic :))

  2. Judy Devenport says:

    Yes, it does. With only 60 hrs. on it do you think this would be a problem? Would it cause the engine to stall and cut-out?

  3. @ Judy – does that model have a filter for the Hydraulic fluid? If so, that fileter could be blocked. Based on the heat of the fluid, I would say it isn’t circulating well (just my guess).


  4. Judy Devenport says:

    I have a Tiger Cub which has been wonderful until a few months ago when the motor has begun to “cut out” and “stall” after 15 minutes of mowing. Is anyone else having this problem? The air filter is clean, the gas is fresh, there is ample ail and the mower deck is clean. I have taken it to my dealer 3 times, and he finds no problem; however I know there is. The area where the hydraulic oil reservoir is located becomes much too hot to touch after 5 minutes.

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  6. Nope.  It’s more like "construction equipment orange"


  7. "So far I am very satisfied!"
    Yeah, well … but is it GREEN? THAT’s the question!

  8. I don’t think they would be a problem – except, of course, the more stuff you mow over, the more often you’ll be sharpening/replacing blades 

  9. david says:

    what about cedar seedlings…

  10. David – Not cheap 🙂 It’s a commercial mower. I ran over a thick patch of six foot tall sunflowers (stems about 3″) and it didn’t even sputter.

    I suggest you either visit or call Stetson Laminack at Mustang Equipment (210-499-5060). I bought four tractors from him over the last 22 years. He’ll be able to recommend the right thing.


  11. david says:

    😐 Okay. How much does it cost? And will it handle brush and rough stuff… (I tend to kill lawn mowers).