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Old 08-24-2000, 10:23 PM
jannan jannan is offline
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I received a quote for a 48" Exmark Turf Tracer HP of $3900.
The price seems right, but it has a 15hp Kohlar, and I kind of had a 17 Kaw in mind. Anybody have any coment on this engine. Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2000, 09:47 AM
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I have the kohler 15 on my exmark metro hp. I bought the metro vs. the turf tracer because I mainly use my Lazer. If you plan on getting a ztr in the future you may want to consider this. I had Kaw engines before and switched to Kohler you can probably use the search and find more topics on engines.
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Old 08-25-2000, 11:06 AM
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I bought a Turf Tracer HP at a show in February 48"/17Kaw for $4299. I would recommend the 17HP over the 15HP. Get into some taller grass (especially when mulching) and you will be glad you did. My general rule of thumb is to get the most power available as long as the price is reasonable. Also, definately go for the Kawasaki.
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Old 08-25-2000, 12:06 PM
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If you are spending that much for a little 48" mower why not just go first class and get the biggest engine available
like a 18 or 20 hp Kohler v-twin?
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Old 08-25-2000, 09:08 PM
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As far as the inner workings of a Kohler vs. a Kawi you'll have to consult one of the resident gearheads, but from a practical viewpoint (ie. how does it cut?) our Ransomes 54" gear-driven WB has a 15hp Kohler we've got no complaints thus far. Even with double-blades and all of the tall wet grass this year.


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Old 08-25-2000, 11:56 PM
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Wheather it is a truck or a lawn mower, get the biggest engine you can!! When it doesn't bog down, you"ll be glad you got it!

If you choked a Smurf, what color would it turn?

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Old 08-26-2000, 06:06 PM
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I have two turf tracers. One with a 15 and one with a 17. They are both 48". I regret buying the smaller engine. It runs good, but with the hydro and a velkie, it struggles a bit. The kohler engine has been reliable, but I recommend the 17 Kaw. Exmark is coming out with a new walkbehind in January, it looks pretty cool, you may want to wait.
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