View Full Version : Is 15hp Kaw enough power for Wright 36"???

10-13-2008, 07:39 PM
......well the thread title says it all!!!!!!!!:confused:

10-13-2008, 08:00 PM
Do you have any higher hp options? 17 maybe 19?

10-13-2008, 08:11 PM
they make them in the 17 and the 15. Now i have a JD Quik Trak w/ a 48" deck and the 19hp kaw and it has never bogged down. You see there is a guy here in Kansas City that is selling his: 2008 Wright Stander 36" w/ 15hp Kaw w/ 22 hrs on it and it still has its 2 yr warranty. He's asking around $3800

10-13-2008, 08:18 PM
D@mn good deal on that machine, any chance he'll let you try it out before you hand over any cash?

10-13-2008, 08:25 PM
i think its a great deal! He also has it for sell on ebay and that big ends in 2 days and its highest bidder currently is only $1200. I know he'll cancel the auction if it doesnt get high enough. I called him up, very nice guy, and he said i can come on up whenever i want so i can take it for a spin.

10-13-2008, 08:34 PM
Well, If you feel it's right, by all means buy it man. The 15 should work, hell I was about ready to buy a TTHP 36" before I bought my Phazer. The TTHP 36" has a 15 on it and I'm sure there are plenty of guys happy with that machine.

10-13-2008, 08:37 PM
i sure hope so. Its in prestige condition.

10-13-2008, 08:40 PM
i sure hope so. Its in prestige condition. Why is he selling it? too small?, getting a bigger machine?, getting out of the biz? '08 w/ only 22hrs on the clock it should look like it came right off the dealers lot. If you can snap a couple of pics.

10-13-2008, 08:42 PM
getting out of the biz. He has about 40 accounts and only uses it on 2 yards that have gates. heres the link to it!

10-13-2008, 08:49 PM
my metro hp has a 15 on it ,has plenty of power to pull me 260 lbs on a sulky and cut thick grass

10-13-2008, 08:51 PM
getting out of the biz. He has about 40 accounts and only uses it on 2 yards that have gates. heres the link to it!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=180298227597Snach it up! I'd buy something like that in a heart beat if I needed it. 25hrs at the actual time of sale, currently about to turn 23.6 so he really doesn't use it much.

Jason Rose
10-14-2008, 09:24 AM
Just to mirror all the other comments already, I have to aggree, 15hp is PLENTY of power for the 36" stander. No personal experience though, other than a 48" hydro walk w/velke that was 17hp. with double blades and it and it had more power than it needed.

10-14-2008, 02:41 PM
I have not heard any complaints on the 15/36. Its what most people buy because the 17 is only available with Electric start so its quite a jump in price...

10-14-2008, 02:55 PM
i have a 36'' 15 hp stander with 120 hrs and never had a problem,great machine.

10-14-2008, 03:01 PM
It is not quite the same, but I have a 9 year old Husqvarna 48" WB with the 14hp Kawi on it... no issues. I would think that a 15hp on a 36" would be a walk in the park.

10-14-2008, 03:22 PM
Ditto for what ixlr8 said.

14KAW on a 48 scag with a Velke and it's fine. Bogs in tall thick wet grass but double cut or slow down. How often do you "bushhog" with your mowers? Also had a Deere GS30 (?) with a 15hp Kohler and 36" cut. That was a horse.

Both pulled a Velke 100% of the time- the Deere NEVER bogged down.

J&R Landscaping
10-14-2008, 04:00 PM
15Hp should be plenty of power for that machine!

TNT LawnCare Inc.
10-14-2008, 06:12 PM
We have the 17 kawi on ours, The 15 has plenty of power for the 36. Its not like you gonna be using it for bush hoggin.

11-28-2010, 09:31 PM
15 is enough power.

Southern Pride
11-28-2010, 09:43 PM
Didn't read any responses BUT 15 hp is like exactly what you want for 36". I've seen some with 12.5 or some odd number which wouldn't be enough but 15hp is just fine. My kawasaki on my exmark 36" is just fine. Even when mulching very thick leaves I get no bog. It pulls me up hills and handles it all just fine. I've noticed the stander mowers will offer a higher hp but that, I believe, is mainly for the added weight. Anyway, 15 horse is the norm. Of course you'd want the highest hp you can get BUT nothing to worry ab with 15. I've seen the older toro prolines sometimes had 12.5 which would be on the low side.

11-28-2010, 11:02 PM
By now, you've either bought it or passed, huh? Here's my input, for what it's worth.
I have this exact machine. I bought it new this summer. I HAD THIS EXACT SAME QUESTION, which is why I'm posting now. This model was all the dealer had when I was ready to buy (and I'm impatient, so that's what I bought on the spot).

I was worried about power, too, because I have a 14 horse Kohler on a 36" walk behind, and it was sometimes underpowered. (it's got some hours on it, though)

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE 15 HORSEPOWER WRIGHT HAVING ENOUGH POWER! If you use it "normally" it will be just fine. I weight about 220, and it pulls me just fine mowing uphill. The only time I have even bogged it is this Fall, but that's because I abuse it- I'll come up to a big pile of leaves, wheelie it, and drop the deck on the pile (not trying to drop the deck on the pile- was trying to wheelie through the pile to reduce them a bit.... but couldn't hold the wheelie). I know that last bit makes me sound like a huge dumbazz, but that's what I did- I'll stop doing that, because I'm sure it's not good for it.

One consideration, more so than the power, IMO, is the lack of a generator on the 15. I didn't think about that when I got mine. No power accessories- add-on lights, powered spreader or anything. But for daytime mowing, I think you'll get a great buy. And that price!..... I paid I believe about 55-56, out the door with a catcher.

It took me probably about 20 hours of run time to REALLY get confident with the controls (backing in a straight line, how soon to slow and stop before running into something, etc). I'll never look back on mowers- my 36 w/b just collects dust. The productivity isn't even close!

11-28-2010, 11:12 PM
Oh, hellz bellz... I got sucked into an OLD thread. I hit "new posts," this one was at the top, I responded, thought, "well... it's a couple weeks old, but whatever"...... now many minutes later, I look again and it's from 2008?!?!?!?!? Okay.... I'll accept the dumbazz award. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

11-29-2010, 06:07 PM

The 15 hp Kawasaki engine Wright uses should have a 15 to 20 amp stator on it; Wright uses electric PTO clutches on all their mowers, which draw about 5 or 6 amps, so the engine has to put out some current. You may have to add a battery for accessories which draw alot of power, but you should be able to wire up lights.