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Old 09-21-2013, 08:40 PM
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IIRC, mtnmower (member here on LS) had a Hustler SZ with a 24 hp Honda engine in it. I think he said it was a little underpowered, but don't recall that for sure.
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:31 PM
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scag, hustler, and a few others used the 24honda. It was ok - not rebuildable to my knowledge and the sump would run dry at steep angles. Not too long ago you could get a 72 inch super z with a 24 hp honda...
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:42 PM
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You see quite a few in other equipment. Power washers ,mortar mixers, sprayers,generators, paint sprayers. They do seem to lend themselves better to horizontal mounting. Go karters like them. Northern Tools their own brand is which are dead ringers for them.
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:48 AM
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You see quite a few in other equipment. Power washers ,mortar mixers, sprayers,generators, paint sprayers. They do seem to lend themselves better to horizontal mounting. Go karters like them. Northern Tools their own brand is which are dead ringers for them.
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Ya, that's what I was saying, you see them in everything else with an engine.
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Old 09-22-2013, 10:09 AM
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The problem is your paying for the name of the motor so a Honda vs a Kawasaki the Honda is going to be more and when your already having to spend 10k on a mower. I'm not going to pay more just so I have a Honda when the Kawasaki we have run for the last 5 years have never given us any problems
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:55 PM
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I think it's down to 2 things:

- Portfolio: lots of manufacturers make an engine here and there (Honda, Robin/Subaru, Briggs Vanguard, Generac) but few have a complete turf portfolio like Kohler and Kawasaki. If you're a company like Exmark or Scag you may need a 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 hp engine be it vertical or horizontal, air or liquid cooled, carbureted or EFI. Why bother with 6 different brands if 2 suppliers can give you all the engines you need?

- Price: Kawasaki has good list pricing and probably gives decent discounts to OEMs. Scag or Exmark can offer better prices and earn more with parts (Kawasakis seems to break more often than Hondas) later on so why not?
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