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Is this enough power?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ple_1969, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. ple_1969

    ple_1969 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    A local dealer has a 2000 Turf Tracer HP with the 48” deck for a good price. The only drawback is that it has the Kawasaki 15 HP for the 17. Is the 15hp enough for this Hydro?

  2. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    IMHO, for a hydro (especially if going w/ velke) I'd spend the extra $$$$ (400 or so) for the 17 HP
  3. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 533

    I agree with TurfDude
  4. ple_1969

    ple_1969 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    There is actually a $1,000 difference. This is a leftover model that is 2 years old, never used, and still sitting in his showroom. I am looking to get this for my one acre lot, non-commerical use.

  5. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,793

    It should be ok for you but if you have any intention's of cutting full time. I wouldn't purchase any thing less then a 17hp for a hydro.
  6. ple_1969

    ple_1969 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    That's what I've been reading which is probably why it's still there. Is is also why I've posted here.

    I won't go full time, this is just for my personal use.


  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    14hp is fine for 48” especially for personal use. Not to nit-pick, but how can a model year 2000 mower only be two years old? Wish you could do that trick on my eXmark, it’s a ’99. This is 2004, a ’00 is 4 years old. If the price is good get it. A friend had a 48” TTHP with a 14hp Kohler, two wheel sulky and a mulch kit. I used it and it did a great job. This was early fall so there were a few stray leaves (that disappeared with the Micro Mulch kit) but the growth was not real tall and thick. I think if you were discharging with single blades you’d be fine even with a sulky. Awesome little mowers!
  8. ple_1969

    ple_1969 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    ... What, its not 2002 any more??? Ha, well I guess the more is 4 years old. Don't know where my head was. Thanks for the reply, this is what I was looking for.

  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    Like i said in the pm, for a home owner your fine. I'm going to play with a 15kaw on a 48" metro hp this season. what i'm going to use it for it will be more than enough. If you do a search on the 15 kaw, its been said from a member that has both the 15 and 17 he said he sees no difference!.
    Here is the metro to show you im not kidding.

  10. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Posts: 1,484

    for personal use on 1 acre that should be good. if u get more lawns i would get bigger. its a good mower

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