16 Gross HP* V-Twin V/S

This engine is design-engineered to dependably take on the most demanding commercial applications. Energetic and quick starting, this powerhouse features a number of advanced technologies and integrated components that are proven to elevate the reliability standard, which helps hardworking people get a lot more done in less time.

Typical applications for this high-performance Vanguard™ engine include: Golf and Turf Equipment, Utility Vehicles, Commercial Mowers and Power Packs

  • Dura-Bore Cast Iron Cylinder Sleeve

    Assures long engine life and improved oil control

  • V-Twin OHV Technology

    Superior balance, low vibration, lower emissions, improved valve life, better fuel economy and higher HP/Weight

  • Cooler Cleaner Technology (efficient fan, improved debris management)

    Efficiently reduces engine and oil temperatures by 25-30 degrees while effectively managing airborne debris

  • Pressure Regulated Full Flow Oil Filtration

    Keeps oil clean longer, extends time between oil changes and extends bearing life

  • Dual Clean Air Cleaner

    Industrial Pleated paper with foam pre-cleaner for extended engine life

  • Mechanical Compression Release

    Smooth easy starting, longer starter life and provides an instant return to maximum power

  • Lubrication
  • Oil Drain

    Convenient drain locations for trouble-free maintenance

  • Full Pressure Lubrication w/ Spin-On Oil Filter

    Cleans oil and protects engine components to ensure maximum lubrication and long life

  • Centrally Located Oil Pump and Pickup

    Faster priming and allows for a higher angle of operation

  • Oil Dipstick

    Provides easy access to check oil levels

  • Mechanical
  • Modern Light Weight Pistons w/ Optimized Compliant Ring Package

    Lowers noise, oil consumption, emissions and reduces wear

  • High Efficiency Head Design

    Angled ports optimizes tumble and mixture preparation for improved efficiency, smoother idle, lower emissions and more power

  • Mechanical Governor

    Improved speed control and more available power

  • Magnetron® Electronic Ignition

    Quick dependable starts with no maintenance required

  • Simulated Dynamic Crankshaft Balance Techniques

    Improves engine vibration

  • Sound
  • Poly-Core Blower Housing

    Lowers noise level and improves sound quality

  • Phase Modulated Flywheel Fan

    Lowers noise level and improves sound quality

  • Acoustically Contoured Crankcase

    Lowers noise level and improves sound quality

  • Lo-Tone Muffler

    Lowers noise level and improves sound quality

Length x Width x Height 10.98in (279mm) x 16.14in (410mm) x 17.24in (438mm)
Weight 72lbs (32.7kg)
Oil Capacity 57.5oz (1.7L)
Engine Displacement 479 cc (29.23 cu in)
Gross Horsepower* 16 Gross HP* V-Twin V/S
Engine Displacement 479 cc (29.23 cu in)
Number of Cylinders Two
Engine Configuration Vertical
Bore 2.68in (68mm)
Stroke 2.60in (66mm)
Compression Ratio 8.2:1
Ignition System Magnetron®
Lubrication System Full Pressure w/ Spin On Oil Filter
Carburetor Single Barrel Float Feed
Engine Cooling Air
Engine Fuel Gasoline or Gaseous
Governor Mechanical
PTO (Standard) 1" SAE Keyway (See Options Tab)
Cylinder Block Aluminum Alloy with Dura-Bore Cast Iron Sleeve
Crankshaft Ductile Iron
PTO Shaft Rotation Counterclockwise from PTO Side
Starter Rewind or Electric
EPA Compliant Engine Yes

Customer Testimonials

  • "Best built mower I have ever had and the Vanguard engine will cut through anything."

    SCAG Owner

    Baton Rouge, LA

  • "Awesome productivity. My lawns look better than my competitors'. I want to buy a duplicate Turf Tiger next year! "

    SCAG Owner

    Clarkston, MI

  • "This is my 2nd Turf Tiger. The Vanguard 35hp is fantastic. I know power equipment. I also know that if you want the very best, ‘get a Scag’, period."

    Scag Owner
    Mount Vernon, OH

  • "I mow 50 acres per week. This is the 3rd Scag I have purchased and they are by far the best mowers I have ever used! "

    SCAG Owner

    Smithfield, KY

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