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Old 08-12-2005, 12:18 PM
Jcs Lawn and Landscape Jcs Lawn and Landscape is offline
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Originally Posted by MBDiagMan
One of the mowers I am looking at is a Gravely 144Z with a 17HP Kawasaki. 17HP for a 44" cut mower does not seem like enough Horsepower. They do not have a 19HP model on hand. I would not be opposed to a larger machine, but the ones they have on hand are Kohler powered. After what I've been through with US engines recently I'm not currently keen on a Kohler or B&S in my next machine.

Some of my cutting is tall grass in the spring and Bahia grass in the late summer and fall. If you've never cut Bahia grass let me tell you that it can be really hard to cut.

Is the 17HP Kawasaki on a 44" cut machine up to the task for my needs?

Thanks for sharing your experience,
i think the 17 hp would be fine for a 44 inch deck there are alot of people here with 14hp motors on there 48 inch mowers and have no problem and i have a 17hp kawasaki on my lesco 52 inch and it has no problem and i have never had it bog down yet
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