Kawasaki has (2) 15 hp engine styles-please comment

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dfor, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
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    The FH 451v has 494 cc and the FH 430v has 431cc. Here is the link.
    http://www.kawasaki.com/kengine/index.html
    They are both 15 hp. The 494 is the one that looks just line the 17 hp engine. A new 48" Lesco that I am looking at has the FH451v, which makes me a little leary. Any thoughts on the difference in cc's. Thanks.
     
  2. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
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    Another question I have is, how can 2 Kawasaki 15 hp engines have different cc's?
     
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
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    The higher cc engine probibly has a bigger carburetor taht feeds the engine more fuel/air mixture to give it the extra power. The lower cc engine is probibly just a cheaper version of the 15 hp engine.
     
  4. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
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    Funny...The Lower cc 15hp Looks like the new KAW series w/the improved air filter that replaced the 451v w/the vertical air cleaner....
     
  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    The FH430V is the new KAI series w/improved air filtration.
    I wouldn't give this another thought.


    Just so you know, 21-25hp are ALL 675cc engines. CC's are not an issue.
     
  6. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    Have noticed the "improved" KAI series air filters collect dirt much faster than the verticals ever did. Not sure if they're actually an improvement or just a means to avoid the complaints Kaw got from difficulty applying the foam to the verticals....
     

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