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DAZ982500
03-14-2006, 08:41 AM
I located a Exmark PG 2005 36" with 13 kawi for 2200.00 new with warrenty.Seems like an ok deal, however I am wondering is this enough power.A 36" Scagg has 15 kawi for 2500.00 .How much of a difference will 2 hp make and is the extra 300 bucks worth in the end.Dave

lawnwizards
03-14-2006, 09:04 AM
i'd say definitely go with the larger horse power. you can never have enough but you can always have too little...

Richard Martin
03-14-2006, 09:04 AM
The Exmark will do just fine with the 13, even when pulling a sulky. How much more was the 2006 Exmark with the 15?

RobH
03-14-2006, 09:47 AM
It is totally worth the extra money for 2 extra horsepower. $300 isn't a lot when you factor it over the life of the engine.

Like Lawnwizards said, you can have too little.

DAZ982500
03-14-2006, 09:59 AM
For 2 extra HP was 2500.00 same as the Scagg 36".

jtkplc
03-14-2006, 10:14 AM
Spend the money for the extra 2 HP.

HOOLIE
03-14-2006, 10:15 AM
I've got 2 Exmarks, one with 12.5 and the other with a 15. There is a difference when mowing thick lawns, I can get away with one pass sometimes with the 15 where the 12.5 would require double cutting. Most of the year once the grass has slowed down it's not a huge deal. I'd probably pay the extra $300 for the bigger engine.

Richard Martin
03-14-2006, 12:20 PM
For 2 extra HP was 2500.00 same as the Scagg 36".

Then I'd get the 06 Exmark for $2500. I'm not a big fan of Scag.

EXspyguy
03-14-2006, 05:59 PM
The 13 and 15 hp KAI Kawasaki engine is the same block, same displacement. The only difference is the carb and that can easily be modified to be the same carb that comes on the 15.

jtkplc
03-14-2006, 06:53 PM
The 13 and 15 hp KAI Kawasaki engine is the same block, same displacement. The only difference is the carb and that can easily be modified to be the same carb that comes on the 15.

Can the same thing be done with the 15 HP Kawasaki to go to 17 HP? Or are they 2 different engines?

Richard Martin
03-15-2006, 03:46 AM
The 13 and 15 hp KAI Kawasaki engine is the same block, same displacement. The only difference is the carb and that can easily be modified to be the same carb that comes on the 15.

Manufacturers will sometimes also change the camshaft and valves. Check the parts book before attempting to turn a 13 into a 15 with carb mods, you may make it worse.

EXspyguy
03-15-2006, 10:05 AM
Yes, Ill see if I could get a pic so I can show you what you need to change.

DAZ982500
03-15-2006, 10:53 AM
Just a FU to this post I decided to purchase the 36" exmark Metro with ECS 15 kawi for 2600.00.I would like to know from those that own this mower the pros/cons, the good...bad.... and ugly.Is price ok? and anything else .Thanks Dave.

EXspyguy
03-15-2006, 12:46 PM
Price is in line, what dealer did you end up getting it from?