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12.5 kaw or 16 hp vanguard ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by scott korczynski, Mar 15, 2000.

  1. scott korczynski

    scott korczynski LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    I'm picking up a Toro gear drive walk-behind with a 44'' floating deck. For an extra $100 I can move from the 12.5 kawasaki to the 16 vanguard. Any comments on either of these motors would be appreciated. What should I get? Thanx, Scott
     
  2. Can I interest you in a very nice used model?<p>Surplus to my needs is a used toro WB with<br>about 300 total hours usage. It has the original 11hp B&S engine a 44&quot; mowing deck<br>and toro bagger ($300 new). <p>It is located in Eastern Penna. and my price<br>is $1400 firm.
     
  3. EDL

    EDL LawnSite Member
    from MA
    Posts: 110

    Scott i would stick with the kawasaki, it is a lot better built than the briggs vangaurd. Kawasakis have stood up well for us, the briggs on the otherhand, don't hold up well for commercial applications even if you get the I/C or the vangaurd. just my 2 cents Tom
     
  4. curlawngreen

    curlawngreen Banned
    Posts: 309

    Stay with the kaw. I will never buy anything that has a Briggs on it. Had two suck down valves. 16h.p. vanguard.
     
  5. scott korczynski

    scott korczynski LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    If I puchase the 12.5 hp kawasaki,will it be under powered with the 44'' deck?
     
  6. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,446

    12.5 Kaw Plenty of power for 44&quot;<br>We used to run them on 52&quot; - did fine.<p>If I were buying a 52&quot; I'd probably get the 15 or 17 twin Kaw.
     
  7. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    I have a 48&quot; bobcat with a 12.5 kawi, the engine is 11 years old and starts on the first pull every time (second pull in the middle of winter). It's got plenty of power. I also have a 14 hp vanguard which is about 4 years old and alot harder to start. In the winter it won't even start.
     
  8. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    I have a 12.5 Kaw on a 36&quot;. It will cut anything. Four years....no problems!
     
  9. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 922

    I have a 12.5 Kaw on a 36&quot;. It will cut anything. Four years....no problems!
     
  10. TurfMaster

    TurfMaster LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 17

    Gotta stay with the Kawaski, nothing else compares. I've never had Briggs and Stratton that ran smooth for over two years, there's always something that goes wrong with. I'd get a Kohler any day before a B&S. They're kind of like generic pop tarts, their cheap....but just don't taste the same as Kellog's or like a Pop Tart is supposed to taste(sorry for the bad analogy).
     

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