Originally Posted by Ridin' Green
It is really confusing. Excel though, is being dishonest in their advertising. They still call the FX850 (at least as of their 2012 catalog, and their sales people when you call this year) that engine a 21, and they know full well it isn't. They can get away with it because the engine manu labeled it and not them, and it helps them sell a lesser powered machine more easily. There's nothing wrong with the 850. I run one and it is plenty of engine for a 60" deck. I just don't like the misleading BS, especially when someone wants a true 31 hp minimum engine, but is not aware of the rating system change a couple years ago.
My bad, that is supposed to be 31, not 21. I accidentally hit the wrong key.
all we can do is keep trying to make sure we post the correct
information in the hopes that the word will spread and more will know the truth/facts when they go to buy. They don't have to take our word for it either. It is all right there on Kawasaki's site for all to see the explanation and true ratings. To a lesser degree, it is now on Kohler's site too, though you have to really look hard for it since they've chosen to put it at the very end of the specs in smaller print knowing most people will never check into it any further than the specs at the top of the spec page. I expect that once the rating labels they have from the old system are used up, all manu's will start using the true ratings. Then the confusion and questioning by customers will really begin.