re-power wb

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Planet Landscaping, Aug 6, 2003.

  1. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Choices: 14 single $700,15 $800 or 17 $900 twin Kawies or Kohler 15 $600 Delivered.Vangaurd 16?? On belt drive fixed deck 48 :dizzy:
     
  2. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    17 twin Kawi for that sized deck I think would be perfect.
     
  3. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
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    You don't want to go over board but you can never have too much power. No I am not trying to be Tim Allen but you really don't want to save a few hundred and then get into thick wet grass and hear the engine bog down. What was on the machine originally and how did it do?

    Gravely_Man
     
  4. Tvov

    Tvov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Posts: 1,157

    Especially for a belt drive, where you are not losing power to run the hydro pumps, a 14hp single is fine. Our Exmark Metro is 14hp, and we never have a power issue. A lot of this is personal preference though. I prefer Kawasaki.
     
  5. redbull

    redbull LawnSite Member
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    Are these direct cross overs or are you going to have to rewire also?
     
  6. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    Wiring no problem. 15 kawie twin maybee?:blush:
     
  7. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    I have a 14 Kawi on my belt drive Scag 48 WB. Plenty of power even pulling a sulky. It's a back-up mower for the most part but I use it a lot on lawns with steep hills.
     
  8. CTservices

    CTservices LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    How about a 18hp kohler recoil start for $700.00 drop me a email for details.
     
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    If the mower came with a single cylinder, there is a good chance that a twin will not mount on that frame (frame too narrow).
    I've had a 14hp single Kawi and 17hp V twin Kawi, both on hydro 52" walk behinds with a Proslide sulky. 14 did OK at 5.5mph in normal, dry growth but had to slow down in thick/tall and/or wet growth. The 17 twin blows it away though, and at 6.2mph at that. I will say that the 17 is 7 years newer and on a different deck design. You would do fine with 14hp single Kawi if walking but if riding a sulky I'd say get the twin 17hp Kawi and be done with it. Both excellent engines. In my experience, the Kohler's are more cold natured and take longer to warm up whereas the Kawi's fire up in any weather and require little to no warmup time. The Briggs Vanguard is a good engine too, I just got a mower with one and it surprised me at it's performance (14hp V twin on 38" mulching deck).
     
  10. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    If you can fit the twin, do it.

    You will have less "power-pulse" ie less parasitic vibration throughout the machine with a twin.

    Not to mention less operator fatigue.

    Ken
     

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