Minimum Horsepower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by DanDodge, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. DanDodge

    DanDodge LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Hey guys,

    I'm starting to look at getting a walk behind and was wondering about horsepower. I'm looking at Toro and Ferris 32-36 inch. Seems like most of them have 13-15hp Kawasaki engines. Is that going to be a good choice?

  2. GreenAcresLC

    GreenAcresLC LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 84

    I've got an older (2001) Exmark Metro 36", with a 2004 Kohler Command Pro 15hp engine. The engine seems to be doing fine, I've mulched all year with it, even in the heavy spring growth. As for the belt drive, I'm not overly impressed with that. Maybe its an adjustment thing, but the belts slip pretty easily when using a sulky. Going up hills, I have to step off and walk behind. Sorry, got off subject...The 15hp should be fine for a 32 or 36", in my opinion.
  3. me.

    me. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    i have a 33" walk behind from the older days, dont really know the brand, but it had a 10.5 hp engine on it, and after a while it seemed to die out and the blade would not stay engaged. after that happened (had had the mower for like 12 years...) i swapped the engine out for a 14.5 hp one and it is working GREAT!.

    that is just about where you want your engine size to be, it can turn the blade with no problem, and move the mower too
  4. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    i have a 13 hp kaw , on 36" lesco, and i mowed a waist high grass, turned out amazing with just two passes in first gear, very strong engine,
  5. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    ive always had at least a 15 hp on my w/b's
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Yes, for those size decks (32-36) either of those engines are fine.
  7. DanDodge

    DanDodge LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the tip on the belt drive. I'll try and stay away from those.
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just get as much HP as you can...nobody ever complains about too much power! My 40" has a 17hp Kawi and its plenty for me.
  9. dura to the max

    dura to the max LawnSite Silver Member
    from georgia
    Posts: 2,246

    ive never had a problem w/ a belt drive. especially on a small w/b.
  10. mowingpreacherman

    mowingpreacherman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    my 13 hp Kaw on 36" works well

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