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Outtabounds
03-14-2009, 05:36 PM
This would be for use on relatively flat ground. Mower is a 48" belt drive exmark metro. I'd like to get a sulky for it and build a striper kit for it. I weigh in at a modest 275. Would the 15hp Kawi be underpowered for this?

Yeah, maybe if I didn't use a sulky I'd lose some weight, but with 2 bad knees I gotta do what I gotta do.

lawnwizards
03-14-2009, 06:39 PM
no. you might have to change belts more often but it should pull you just fine. i weigh 237lbs and never had any trouble with my belt drive. goodluck.

delphied
03-14-2009, 07:31 PM
I weigh 210 and have a 17 HP Exmark TTHP with Proslide. It is a hydro with plenty of power. The trouble is getting the power to the ground. It spins out easily. A belt drive is even worse.

Outtabounds
03-14-2009, 09:03 PM
Yeah, would love to hold out for a hydro but the local dealer has a screamin deal on a trade in belt job.

metiernan
03-14-2009, 09:13 PM
Another thing you have to keep in mind is if an exmark mower has a 17hp kawasaki and an off brand mower has a 17hp kawasaki on a mower doesnt mean they will both have the same power. The exmarks are also desiged so even if it only has a 15hp or 17hp enginge it can still pull you on a sulky and have plenty of power leftover.

delphied
03-14-2009, 10:22 PM
Yeah, would love to hold out for a hydro but the local dealer has a screamin deal on a trade in belt job.

I guess what I am saying is that it will be underpowered for a 275 lb man especially. It wont be such a screamin deal if it doesnt do what you want it to.

lawnpro724
03-14-2009, 10:37 PM
I have a Toro belt drive 48" 15hp kaw w/Tru Trak sulky and weigh in @185lb and it does fine even in overgrown grass.

Lawnut101
03-14-2009, 11:10 PM
You should have plenty of power. But I would be more worried about the belts slipping in certain conditions. But you should be fine for a majority of the time.

MileHigh
03-14-2009, 11:52 PM
Another thing you have to keep in mind is if an exmark mower has a 17hp kawasaki and an off brand mower has a 17hp kawasaki on a mower doesnt mean they will both have the same power. The exmarks are also desiged so even if it only has a 15hp or 17hp enginge it can still pull you on a sulky and have plenty of power leftover.

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topsites
03-15-2009, 04:59 AM
Give it another 15-20 years and folks will be asking if 40 hp's is enough...
That drives me nuts, 15 hp's on a 48" gear drive is more than enough power.

You can pull a car out of a ditch with that, other than maybe traction...