66" exmark z

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by elmerfud, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. elmerfud

    elmerfud LawnSite Member
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    I am looking to purchase a mower for personal use to mow a 7 acre yard. I tried several mowers last year and have decided on the exmark. I had intended on buying the 60" Z with a 27HP Kohler. I see now they have a 66" mower available that is only a few hundred more dollars with the same 27HP engine. My question is whether a 66" mower will be underpowered with the 27HP Kohler.
     
  2. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    No you'll have plenty of power esp. if youa re mowing weekly. Alot of guys on here are going to tell you thast you NEED like 30+ hp to mow weekly growth.
    don't buy it! I have an old Lazer w/22hp Kohler $ 60" deck, It mows everything I need it to and never struggles. My new Lazer has the 23/60 combo and it does that job as well. 27hp is plenty for a 66".

    The biggest motor available on the old 72" decks were the 25Kohlers anyway.
     
  3. BufalinoLand

    BufalinoLand LawnSite Senior Member
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    the question may be how flat is your lawn, the 27 will push that 66 all day
     
  4. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    For personal use I couldn't see needing a massive engine. 27 HP should do fine.
     
  5. TXLAWNBOY

    TXLAWNBOY LawnSite Member
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    Last year I worked for a school dist. We had 2 Exmarks, 72" deck w/27hp Kohlers, we mowed all the campuses every 7 to 10 days and had no problems with bogging down. We also had a 60" w/a 27hp Koh. and it had tons of power. I don't think you'll have any problem as long as you mow every 7-14 days.

    If you are going to mulch you are going to need to mow every 7 days.
     
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
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    On top of that Examrk Spends thousands$$$ enginering their mowers.

    Why would they throw all that $$ down the drain, and put an underpowered engine on a mower.

    My point Exmark wouldn't put a motor on a mower that didn't have enough power.

    Horsepower isn't everything, you could put a 20hp motor on there if you have the right pulleys for a gear ratio.
     
  7. elmerfud

    elmerfud LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the info. I've been reading the forums and checking out mowers since last summer. I've read where some have thought the 23HP was small for the 60". I should get my mower next week but will have to wait a month or so before I can try it out. I was mowing with a 72" finishing mower behind a Kotota tractor but it was starting to damage my yard. The ztr even knocked off 1.5 hours of mowing time not counting less weedeating. Thanks again.
     

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