Scag SCZ61V-27FX 61" Zero-Turn Cheetah Riding Mower with 27HP Kawasaki Engine & Velocity Deck

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.

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"Split-Steel" Pulleys

"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.

Auxiliary Canister Air Filter System

Standard equipment auxiliary canister air filter system on all Cheetahs. This provides increased service intervals and longer engine life.

Custom, Mid-Back, Bolstered Seat

Custom, mid-back, bolstered seat adds another level of comfort to the Scag Cheetah.

Custom-Cut Baffle

Custom-Cut Baffle allows you to customize the cutter deck to your individual cutting conditions.

Deck Leveling Adjustment Bracket

Deck leveling adjustment bracket allows for easy in-the-field deck leveling adjustment.

Dual Fuel Tanks

Dual fuel tanks, 15 gallon total capacity, keeps 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.

Easy to Adjust Cutting Heights

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.

Excellent Hillside Stability

Excellent hillside stability due to an exceptionally low center-of-gravity and extra wide stance.

Extra-Large Drive Tires

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

Flat-Free front caster tires virtually eliminate downtime and expense caused by flat front tires.

Flip-Up Footplate Panel

Flip-up footplate panel for access to center blade spindle, blade bolt and the top of the cutter deck.

Foldable Rollover Protection System

Foldable Rollover Protection System (ROPS) is standard equipment and easily fits into enclosed trailers. ROPS provides additional operator safety. Retractable seatbelts for added convenience.

Foot Pedal Parking Brake

Foot pedal parking brake allows the operator to apply the brake without taking their hands off of the steering levers. Once stopped, the steering levers can be put into neutral lock and the park lock lever can be activated, holding the mower in place. AUSCO disc brakes feature a rotor and caliper style design for maximum holding power.

Heavy-Duty Blade Drive Spindles

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.

High Quality Electrical Components

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.

High-Quality Bearings

High-quality bearings and bearing debris guard on idler pulleys ensure long, reliable service.

Multiple Mounting Positions for Steering Dampers

The steering dampers have three mounting positions (requires tools) to customize the resistance on the steering levers.

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.

Ogura GT3.5 PTO Clutch Brake

The Ogura GT3.5 PTO Clutch Brake delivers up to 250 ft. lbs. of starting and stopping torque. Adjustable air gap 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.

Operator Friendly Instrument Panel

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.

Operator Suspension System

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, 3-position deck lift foot pedal combine to provide unprecedented levels of adjustability and ergonomics.

Productivity at a Maximum

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.

Spring Loaded Idler Arms

Spring loaded idler arms effortlessly keep belts in constant, optimum adjustment for maximum life and minimum maintenance.

Superior Strength

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.

Tapered Roller Bearings

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.

Tiger Eye Advanced Monitoring System

Tiger Eye Advanced Monitoring System keeps a constant, real-time "eye" on important system functions on your Scag Cheetah. Depending on engine selection, a wide variety of systems are monitored in real-time, giving you valuable information in just a glance, right from the operator's seat. Backlit panel makes viewing easy in all conditions.

User-Friendly Mower Design

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.


Blade Engagement

Ogura GT3.5 or GT5 (up to 350 ft. lb. PTO)

Cutting Height

1-1/4" - 5"

Cutting Height Adjustments

1/4" increments

Cutting Width



Velocity Plus™


27 hp

Drive System

Two-speed, ZT-5400 transaxles


Kawasaki air-cooled


Full length, welded steel frame

Fuel Capacity

15 gal. (dual 7.5 gal. tanks)

Ground Speed

0 - 16 mph (forward)


67" (w/ ROPS)
49.5" (w/ ROPS folded down)




Full Soft Ride Seat w/ Operator Suspension System w/ coil-over shock and rubber iso-mounts


3 years or 500 hours residential / 2 years commercial / 3 years deck / 3 years spindles


1365 lbs.


73.5" (w/ chute down)
62.75" (w/ chute in transport position)