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wglawncare
03-05-2006, 05:44 PM
I am looking at purchasing a Toro Proline 13hp 36". The guy says its a doozy to start. I looked at getting a key start put on but it will be like $700. Will this 10 year old machine with only 50 hrs. on it be reliable enough to start on the 1st or 2nd pull not to break my back?

lawn_pro
03-05-2006, 05:50 PM
The only electric starts we have are riders....all the walk-behinds are pull start, all kawasaki's-start on the first or second pull every time

dkeisala
03-05-2006, 05:51 PM
We have a kawasaki powered 36 Proline purchased new mid-season last year. Can be a touch cold-blooded but really, no problem starting.

ed2hess
03-05-2006, 06:08 PM
I am looking at purchasing a Toro Proline 13hp 36". The guy says its a doozy to start. I looked at getting a key start put on but it will be like $700. Will this 10 year old machine with only 50 hrs. on it be reliable enough to start on the 1st or 2nd pull not to break my back?
Then get a unit with a Kohler 15HP on it I know those aren't a "doozy" to start! I don't understand why they would say a 13HP is hard to start, then that is a PROBLEM!

fire1man
03-05-2006, 06:12 PM
i have a 34 inch wb with a 13 hp kaw and it starts in one or two pulls everytime

firefightergw
03-05-2006, 06:17 PM
I've got a Cub-Cadet Commercial G1336 with 13hp Kawasaki. Starts first or second everytime.

zim bob the landscaper
03-05-2006, 06:32 PM
ours is hard to start but we always get it started it is a great machine if it only have 50 hrs. on it then u should be good with that machine ours is older than yours and alot more hours.

Palmer'sLS
03-05-2006, 06:37 PM
i have a 48" husky with a 15 kawi, its starts on the first or second start, even when its 20 degrees outside

PaulJ
03-05-2006, 06:39 PM
The pull starts aren't "hard" but the electric one's sure are convenient.

Roger
03-05-2006, 06:48 PM
I have had a 15hp Kohler Pro Command for nine seasons -- pull start. It works fine, but you need to know when/how to use the choke. It is not too hard to pull; one just needs to be firm and convicted about the pull.

Restrorob
03-05-2006, 06:48 PM
The key to most rope start engines is to make sure the throttle control is adjusted properly to give full choke (plate completely closed) and most will start on one or two pulls.

Precision Lawns
03-05-2006, 07:06 PM
I have 2 snapper pros with Kawasaki engines... 1st or 2nd pull every time. they're great.

TURF DOCTOR
03-05-2006, 07:11 PM
I would not own any mower i have to pull 10 to 15 times a day.

The Captain
03-05-2006, 07:31 PM
I use a 6 year old Skag 48"wb with a 17 hp Kawasaki with too many hours to count. Starts on the 2nd pull without fail.

The Captain

sikagrass
03-05-2006, 07:34 PM
The OP stated it was 10 years old with 50 hours. Might be a case of the more you run it the better it will get(running some clean gas through it) or it might be gummed up and need a carb job. Good luck with it.

drumbo
03-05-2006, 07:37 PM
I am looking at purchasing a Toro Proline 13hp 36". The guy says its a doozy to start. I looked at getting a key start put on but it will be like $700. Will this 10 year old machine with only 50 hrs. on it be reliable enough to start on the 1st or 2nd pull not to break my back?

My Exmark (with a Kohler) walk-behind was a doozy to start until I figured out that the choke adjustment had worked itself out of proper position...:hammerhead:

green thum
03-05-2006, 07:38 PM
I have a 2 year old toro 48" with a 15 hp kohler,starts on the first pull every time!!!!knock on wood.great mowers by the way,it's all i own are toro's:usflag: :usflag: :usflag: :usflag: :usflag: :usflag: :usflag:

Flex-Deck
03-05-2006, 08:29 PM
I have an exmark viking - 15 Kaw. It starts on the first pull every time. - Easy to pull also. Oh - I guess it is not the first pull every time, because sometimes I forget to turn the switch on. LOL;) ;)

lafrance4078
03-05-2006, 11:02 PM
We have a many...many...many year old gravely pro50 15hp kawi. It starts on the second pull in the mornings, and 1st pull the rest of the day. Great back-up mower.