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MysticLandscape
06-30-2006, 01:26 PM
How do you guys think it will work. It will be used on some hills but not alot. I can get the 15 HP model but its $800 more for one pony. I can get the encore 48 hydro for $3475. Good deal or no?

upidstay
06-30-2006, 01:43 PM
14horse is to small for that size mower. I'd want a 15 minimum, 17hp would be best.

ed2hess
06-30-2006, 05:20 PM
For $800 you can buy a new 18HP Kohler engine with pull start. I don't think 14hp is sufficient either we use 15hp on 36" units.

ThirdDay
06-30-2006, 05:32 PM
Not enough engine..not even close.

Flex-Deck
06-30-2006, 08:50 PM
Some of these guys on this site must be waiting for the grass to get 8" tall before they mow. If you are finish mowing on a 7 day basis or less, go for it.

topsites
06-30-2006, 08:54 PM
Stop bean da moron n' get da Toro 48" proline wit' da 15hp Kohler belt-driven T-bar operated sweetie pie 'n order yo'self da velke from J-thomas 'n pay yo da tax 'n be yo spend 3,200.00 'n yo be done, word.

MysticLandscape
06-30-2006, 09:43 PM
Stop bean da moron n' get da Toro 48" proline wit' da 15hp Kohler belt-driven T-bar operated sweetie pie 'n order yo'self da velke from J-thomas 'n pay yo da tax 'n be yo spend 3,200.00 'n yo be done, word.

I want to get a hydro, gangsta.

DynaMow
06-30-2006, 10:56 PM
my 48" lesco with a 14hp kaw, pulling 2 wheel, castored sulky and my 185#s and it does just fine up any hill I have come across.

bdboss
07-01-2006, 03:59 PM
I have been running 14hp kawi's on all of my 48" walk behinds both belt drive and hydro for 10 years without any problems. Last time i looked at my brand of hydro though they no longer offer the 14hp ehgines.

Idealtim
07-01-2006, 04:50 PM
You could do it, just have to go slower in high grass.

Rhett
07-01-2006, 07:49 PM
Too dang small. Have a 36 with a 15 and a 48 with a 17 and in long grass there is a Huge difference. More HP is your friend

tallimeca
07-03-2006, 07:39 PM
is always over rated. Of course, the more, the better??

Just remember when the 12 hp Kawi FB460's were powering everything, and everyone raved about their equipment then?

Grassmechanic
07-04-2006, 09:09 AM
is always over rated. Of course, the more, the better??

Just remember when the 12 hp Kawi FB460's were powering everything, and everyone raved about their equipment then?
Yep. I've got an older JD 48" with a 14hp kawasaki. I only use it to mow my vacant field twice a year. The grass/weeds are waist high and the mower goes through them with no problem.

mexiking
07-04-2006, 10:09 AM
Yep. I've got an older JD 48" with a 14hp kawasaki. I only use it to mow my vacant field twice a year. The grass/weeds are waist high and the mower goes through them with no problem.

well i got an encore 48" with 14 HP and it is just too weak for a little green growth in the grass. It doesn't even FILL up the catcher because it throws the clippings not too far.

Grassmechanic
07-04-2006, 10:12 AM
well i got an encore 48" with 14 HP and it is just too weak for a little green growth in the grass. It doesn't even FILL up the catcher because it throws the clippings not too far.
Sounds like you have other issues with that mower that are not HP related....perhaps a slipping deck belt??

mexiking
07-04-2006, 11:12 AM
it;s always been like that with new belts too

REALSLOW
07-04-2006, 11:32 AM
I think you should order a custom 48" hydro with a Keith Black Hemi running on a 98% nitro blend !

PMLAWN
07-04-2006, 03:05 PM
The smallest I had was 15hp on a 48 , it worked but the 17 ran better in the wet or heavy stuff. I would still do 15 on 36" but really liked 19 on the 48"
All the 44's had 17.
As the blades slow down in the damp grass I would get more clumping out the chute. I did not have as much of a problem with the added ponies.