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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Clint, Jan 3, 2002.

  1. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 97

    I was wondering what HP engine I should grab when getting my WB.

    what HP will pull me around and turn blades w/o bogging on a 36" wb, belt, and what HP should i get if i got a 48"

  2. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    Well how big are ya? :D

    Seriously, I have had, and do have 36's with 12.5 Kawaski's that pull me around on a velke just fine. They are plenty strong to pull you and turn the blades. Having said that, I would not hesitate to get the biggest engine I could for the machine. I would think 14 hp on a 48 as a minimum.

  3. rodney

    rodney LawnSite Member
    from sw,ohio
    Posts: 103

    12.5 works good for the 36" and pulled me (200lb) a round with jungle wheels , and it was a gear drive.

    cant give you info on the 48" i never had one.
  4. johnnywalker

    johnnywalker Banned
    Posts: 61

    You need a 15 hp on a 36" to effectively run doubles on heavy leaves or turf.
    I believe a 18 on the Wright Stander is the biggest hp currently avail. on a 36".
  5. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 723

    16hp Briggs Vanguard has pulled me now with no problems for 9yrs at a top speed of 7.4mph. On a 36" id still go with a 15hp. To much power is better than to little. Marks Mowing Service ps mine are both 52s I called today to checkout a 36" exmark TT 4599.00 and my dealer won't budge on price also has the ECS contros.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    My 36" has the 12.5 kawi. It has plenty of power and I run the exmark mulching kit on it. I never take it off. Put the sulky behind it sometimes also. If it was going to be my front line, primary mower I would get the 14 kawi. For a 48", a 14 hp minimum.
  7. rodney

    rodney LawnSite Member
    from sw,ohio
    Posts: 103

    johny walker
    i had forgot to add that i used dbls blades .
    the 12.5 done a very good job and left some nice stripes.
    the 36" never glogged . i did have to go slow in very tall grass but those jobs should have been bush hogged.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    If you get a 14 on a 36 and a 17 on a 48 you will have power to spare.

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,089

    Buy with the most power you can get! We have a 36" encore hydro and when the 14hp kawasaki finally died we converted it to a 25hp kohler with electric start. Why the 25? because the dealer had a deal that I could not refuse! This mower striped good before but now it really does a beautiful job!
  10. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    25hp on a 36" mower!!!! what, do you race that thing at the local track too?-LOL seriously though i agree with richard 14hp for 36", and 17hp for a 48", but then again if you find a better price on a stronger engine so be it.

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