The Scag Tiger Cat 2 mower is supplied in various models to suit diverse owner needs. This article seeks to address some of the problems with this brand. Generally all mowers have some problems in common due to the fact that the purpose they serve is generally the same regardless of brand. Problems can be categorized under mowing/ cutting which considers the cutting deficiencies associated with use of the Scag Tiger Cat 2 brand. Under tractor category, focus is on equipment failure itself which affects motion/ drive of the equipment. It is important to read carefully and understand supplier manual for proper mounting, operation and maintenance of this piece of equipment for efficient and enjoyable experience.
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1. Engine Will Not Turnover or Start
The problem of engine not starting is also common with Scag Tiger Cat 2 model. As with other mower brands, the model comes with in-built safety features that prevents the engine from running in the presence of a safety hazard. Unless the hazard is identified and removed these features/ safety switches will create an open circuit and stop engine from running. The models are programmed to detect the park brake and PTO state. Starting an engine without park brake creates safety risk and therefore the engine won’t start. To solve this problem simply engage the parking brake. The (PTO) switch is responsible for power transfer and hence starting of the machine with the PTO switch in ON position will result in engine failing to start and switching it off will solve the problem. Low oil shut off switch also serves the same purpose. If oil levels drop below recommended or set cut off levels the engine will not start or cut off and hence it is recommended to keep an eye on the oil level topping up and replacing contaminated oil.
Some engine starting problems on the Scag Tiger Cat 2 models are caused by electrical power system failure. These are mainly due to damaged cables, short circuits, damaged battery or low voltage across battery terminals. Loose connections may also affect start up process. To address electrical problems, trace all cables from the battery for loose or broken connections. If any safely replace or join them and test the equipment.
Additionally, if your Scag Tiger Cat 2 faces engine starting problems, check your fuel. Inspect your fuel for contamination. Drain and replace all fuel that is contaminated and top up fuel whenever the level drops. Kindly note the risk of fire during refueling process. It is recommended to allow hot engine to cool prior to refilling process. Contaminated fuel also cause start up problem. It is recommended to drain and replace dirty fuel with fresh, clean fuel for efficient equipment operation. Starting problems may also result from faulty engine which requires engagement of specialist after having done all other checks.
2. Belt Misalignment
Belts are required to transfer and provide drive from engine through a pulley and coupling. Proper belt alignment is required to achieve this otherwise the belt if misaligned will move out of position and results in loss of drive. Belt misalignment also results in excessive belt wear and tear. It is important to frequently check and monitor your belt conditions, alignment and signs of wear and tear. Worn out belt requires replacement using Scag Tiger Cat 2 manual provided by supplier. Prior to the replacement, it is a requirement to check for any misalignment and correct them to avoid further damage to the belt sections. Scag Tiger Cat 2 has competent personnel for this and therefore contact their technical support for assistance in such circumstances.
3. Hard Starting or Poor Engine Running
This occurs when it takes longer than usual to start an engine and the engine lose power or cuts off during running. Scag Tiger Cat 2 fuel system comes with filters to clean the air and fuel. If these become defective or clogged the air fuel ratio responsible for combustion inside the engine is affected. Clogged and dirt air filters requires replacement with supplier recommended type. Dirt filters can be cleaned and re-fitted. This improves the efficiency of the combustion and allows smooth equipment operation.
Defective spark plugs are another area to look for when troubleshooting Scag Tiger Cat 2 for hard starting problems. If the spark plugs are either dirt, worn out or damaged or the gap is excessive the engine may not start or take long to start. Refer to supplier instructions foe correct gaping adjustments and replacement of defective spark plugs.
4. Engine Knock
Scag Tiger Cat 2 mowers are engine powered and thus generate heat during their operation. Moving parts within the engine requires lubrication to reduce friction and for cooling purposes. If oil levels are low, the engine parts wear quickly and result in engine knock. Use of wrong oil grade also results in excessive heat generation and wear of parts. It is essential to maintain oil levels at predefined levels and use the oil grade recommended by Scag Tiger Cat 2 supplier.
5. Poor Oil Efficiency
Like other brands, Scag Tiger Cat 2 has its own oil types and grades it recommends for its equipment. Efficient operation of mower engines requires proper oil levels in the crank case, recommended oil grade and efficient cooling system. If the engine fins are dirt and blocked, the engine runs too hot and increases the consumption of oil. Engine blower screen and fins needs periodic cleaning to ensure engine performs at normal temperatures.
6. Faulty Braking System
To correct faulty braking system on the Scag Tiger Cat 2 model, check and ensure all hydraulic system lines are not leaking otherwise replace any leaking pipes. Any hydraulic system blockages must be corrected. Also adjust the brakes and or replace worn out brake calipers as per supplier recommendation and procedure. It is also advisable to engage a competent person to rectify any mechanical problem.
7. Poor Mower Cut
Mower cutting problems are caused mainly by incorrect deck level, blades misalignment, unequally inflated tires, worn out or damaged blades and uneven terrain. It is recommended to check and address all these issues to ensure even and smooth mower cut. Also clean the deck when clogged with grass to ensure even cutting. Poor cutting also arises when the mower drive belt slips due to oil or grease contamination. Cleaning of the belt should solve the slipping problem which causes poor cuts. Also check and reduce the ground speed to recommended or appropriate levels that gives uniform cuts.
8. Excessive mower vibration
Vibration is dangerous to Scag Tiger cat 2 mowers. If uncontrolled for continuous periods, equipment failure is imminent. It is advisable to check the equipment during operation for excessive vibration and eliminate the causes. Scag Tiger Cat 2 manual provides guideline for vibration analysis. Vibration in mowers is caused by loose blade which requires tightening of the bolts. Defective, bent and unbalanced blades also results in force imbalances and thus vibration of the equipment. All defective blades need replacement and proper balancing.