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Old 08-12-2005, 12:14 PM
MBDiagMan MBDiagMan is offline
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How Much is Enough Horsepower?

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,
Doc
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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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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,
Doc
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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Old 08-12-2005, 02:39 PM
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the Kawi twin on my PM34Z pushes it to 9mph, and cuts the tall stuff without bogging down.......oh yeah .....its only 15hp
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Old 08-12-2005, 08:39 PM
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17 HP is plenty for a 44" deck. Even in tall grass it should do fine.
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Old 08-12-2005, 11:04 PM
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18hp is a realistic number to shoot for when looking for a mower. A good 18 will have the power to work as well as get good fuel economy and also last a long time.
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Old 09-09-2005, 04:30 PM
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18 model hp is plenty but look at Grasshopper model 218. It has a better reliability factor with it's horizontal crank engine and transmission.
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