The most exciting thing about this mower is the engine. Scag picked out a 7hp / 11ft-lbs of torque Kohler for its 30” mower, then went “full send” and put that same beast of an engine on the 21”! It’s honestly in a league of its own. This thing was made for cruising through tall grass without bogging down. Most other 21” commercial mowers are shipping with a much lower spec’d Kawasaki FJ180v KAI or the Honda GXV160. Neither of these engines comes close to the power plant on the Scag. If you’re more concerned about fuel efficiency than pure raw grass blade slashing power, you can be boring and get it with a slightly smaller 5hp Kohler.
A deck that pushed the engineers almost to their breaking point
Looking at the Scag 21” mower, it won’t strike you as anything fancy. In fact, its design is almost dull. Upon closer inspection, though, you’ll notice that the deck is deep, spectacularly deep. The Scag engineer we spoke with said this deck is at the absolute limits of what stamped steel can tolerate before becoming compromised (what is shown here is a welded deck prototype, but the production version will be stamped steel). However, they wanted to push what was possible because this deep deck, combined with that incredibly torquey Kohler engine, should demolish tall grass. In a mulching situation, the deep deck allows for more grass to circulate. In addition, with the rear discharge adapter, the grass can clear out faster than traditional deck designs. Both situations mean speedier cuts and more efficiency overall.
Quit Yanking My Cord
Scag also put some helpful features that aren’t readily apparent. The first is that it has a blade clutch separate from the engine start/stop switch. This means you can let go of the handle to move aside those pesky kids’ toys that your clients left out, and your engine will continue to run. Many commercial mowers have this feature, but not all do. Saving just a few minutes per yard by not pulling that cord to restart your mower over and over is very important for a high-efficiency business.
To be fair, it is not a perfect mower. That deep steel deck and high horsepower engine add weight. The Scag SFC-21 is probably one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest, 21” mowers out there. When I’m “mowin’ and goin’”, I want to be able to whip those 21” mowers around as fast as possible and extra weight could mean more fatigue. I’m also not a massive fan of the throttle and speed controls either. The levers look like they could easily get caught on branches or bushes, but again, this is a prototype and the engineer who designed it said those would get switched. Time will tell if these get bent or broken regularly. I would also prefer a removable plate to side-discharge instead of the rear discharge adapter. I have long strides, and I always kick the rear-discharge ones. However, except for the Snapper, no other commercial 21” mower has side discharge.
What’s This Going To Set Me Back?
The big question on everyone’s mind is, “how much will it cost?” At the time of publishing this article we hadn’t yet received finalized numbers, but the Scag 21” commercial mower with the bigger 224cc engine is expected to run just under 6500,000 MSRP. The same frame with the smaller power plant is expected to be around the 450,700 range. These are well within the expected range for a nice commercial 21 inch mower. Considering how much Scag is selling the 30 inch walk-behind for, I expected this to be more expensive than it is.
Scag walk behind mower
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SCAG SFC30 Walk Behind Mower
Welded and fabricated using military-grade steel for years of dependable performance, the SFC-30 Finish Cut Walk-Behind Mower is no pushover. Packing big productivity and versatility into a compact form, this commercial-grade machine delivers a beautiful, professional quality-of-cut, helping you put the finishing touches on the job or at home.
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Scag SW Belt-Drive Walk-Behind
In 1984, with the introduction of Scag’s first belt-drive Walk Behind mower, a revolution was started in the commercial mower industry. A fundamental element of any commercial cutter fleet, the SW belt-drive walk-behind continues to prove its worth through its simple design and efficient operation. Twin power belts maximize drive performance in all weather conditions. With the spring assisted EZ Grip hand controls and the reliable Peerless five-speed drive system, you can expect trouble free, productive performance. The 5-speed transmission features 9-spline coupler construction for added durability and longevity. And with the exclusive Advantage and Velocity Plus cutter decks, you get the perfect cut, the first time, every time.
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ULTRA COMFORTABLE CONTROL SYSTEM. Designed to make operation easy, hour after hour. The controls contour to the natural angles of your arm position and are placed to keep you safe when mowing next to trees and shrubs.
EASY HEIGHT ADJUSTING. Innovative, rider-style height of cut adjustment is quick convenient. Adjustable height from 1.5″ to 4.5″ in.25″ increments.