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what motor for my 48" bobcat?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Feb 9, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    currently have 12 hp on all my mowers. thinking of gettin a bigger motor put on the 48" bobcat. would you put a 17hp on it? stick with the 12hp?
  2. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 700

    all i know is a buddy of mine has a 14 hp kawi on his 48" belt drive.
  3. Heron Cove PM

    Heron Cove PM LawnSite Member
    Posts: 216

    My belt drive Bobcats have 15s. If you are going to get a hydro get the 17.
  4. hole in one lco

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

    Well bobby i have 14 kaw on a 48 lesco and wish i had the 17hp.
    I wouldn't go any thing less then a 15hp on a 48.
  5. Cutters Lawn Care

    Cutters Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    How has the 12hp done for you. If you haven't experienced any problems with it I wouldn't spend any money on it. I would think that it would need more hp though.
  6. BrianK10

    BrianK10 LawnSite Senior Member
    from usa
    Posts: 253

    I agree with that. Unless a 12hp has done fine for you, I wouldn't go under a 15hp.

  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    well, it's belt driven, has always worked good. not great, but good. slows down a tiny bit in very high wet grass, and i definitely can't pick up leaves with it. i was wondering if the extra power would give me a cleaner pick up during leaf season.
  8. R&K Ent.

    R&K Ent. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    I once read that to pull the average man on Sulky etc. that you should have at least 18hp to not bog down and wear out WAY to fast. Not from experience, just read and thought I would pass that on.
  9. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,469

    Your kidding, right??? 17 at least...... Heck, come on up and try my 23 kaw on the 48:p
  10. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    Bobby, I'm currently deciding between a pair of 48 eXmarks or Bobcats. Both come standard w/ a V-Twin Kaw on them. I have 16 Briggs Vanguard (Daihatsu) V-twins on my current 48& 52 snapper belts. IMHO, 12HP is good for machines up to 36" only!
    Good luck.

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