13 vs 15 how much does it matter

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DAZ982500, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. DAZ982500

    DAZ982500 LawnSite Member
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    I located a Exmark PG 2005 36" with 13 kawi for 2200.00 new with warrenty.Seems like an ok deal, however I am wondering is this enough power.A 36" Scagg has 15 kawi for 2500.00 .How much of a difference will 2 hp make and is the extra 300 bucks worth in the end.Dave
     
  2. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
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    i'd say definitely go with the larger horse power. you can never have enough but you can always have too little...
     
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Exmark will do just fine with the 13, even when pulling a sulky. How much more was the 2006 Exmark with the 15?
     
  4. RobH

    RobH LawnSite Member
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    It is totally worth the extra money for 2 extra horsepower. $300 isn't a lot when you factor it over the life of the engine.

    Like Lawnwizards said, you can have too little.
     
  5. DAZ982500

    DAZ982500 LawnSite Member
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    For 2 extra HP was 2500.00 same as the Scagg 36".
     
  6. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Spend the money for the extra 2 HP.
     
  7. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    I've got 2 Exmarks, one with 12.5 and the other with a 15. There is a difference when mowing thick lawns, I can get away with one pass sometimes with the 15 where the 12.5 would require double cutting. Most of the year once the grass has slowed down it's not a huge deal. I'd probably pay the extra $300 for the bigger engine.
     
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    Then I'd get the 06 Exmark for $2500. I'm not a big fan of Scag.
     
  9. EXspyguy

    EXspyguy LawnSite Member
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    The 13 and 15 hp KAI Kawasaki engine is the same block, same displacement. The only difference is the carb and that can easily be modified to be the same carb that comes on the 15.
     
  10. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Can the same thing be done with the 15 HP Kawasaki to go to 17 HP? Or are they 2 different engines?
     

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