Which one fits my needs?

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  1. Gjohnson

    Gjohnson LawnSite Member
    from La.
    Posts: 20

    I know any of the ones I am looking at will be fine, but I just can't make up my mind. The funny thing (not really funny) is that I don't have any grass to mow yet, but it's coming. Katrina knock me for a loop!

    I have narrowed it down to the 18/44 FasTrak(Honda) $4550 best price
    19/42 Mini Z (Kawasaki) $4700
    20/52 FasTrak (Honda) $5100
    These are out the door pricing.

    I will have about 1 acre + a little to mow when I get my lawn going. What would be the best deal and why? This is strictly for my personal residence.
    Thanks a bunch,
    GJ
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    The 20/52.. larger deck, more hp, more trim side on the deck....
    Quicker to get done,more time to spend doing other things....
    All are great choices, just depends on your budget and storage and being able to get the larger deck in everywhere you need to mow.

    Pj
     
  3. CottonPatch

    CottonPatch LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    I am the distributor rep for South LA and your area. Spend some time with Brian McGehee and his dad Robert at McGehee Outdoor. They are great and honest people that will put you in the mower you need. Let me know how it turns out.
    Thanks
    Rusty
     
  4. Gjohnson

    Gjohnson LawnSite Member
    from La.
    Posts: 20

    What about the FasTrak 52" with the 18HP Honda. Will this be underpowered for the normal grass cutting?
    Thanks
     
  5. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    No it will not be underpowered, it is a excellent combination on that mower.

    Pj
     
  6. Gjohnson

    Gjohnson LawnSite Member
    from La.
    Posts: 20

    According to the specs in the brochure, the 18 and the 20 HP have the same amount of torque and the same Cubic Inches, but the CC's differ, 477cc for the 18 and 535cc for the 20, that I don't understand. Anyway torque is what moves mass and that is equal on both engines,37.5 ft lbs @ 2500 rpm., is that correct? If so I see why that combo could be a sleeper!
    I may have to consider this combo.
    Thanks
     
  7. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    Here are the specs on the two engines right from Honda's website.

    Horsepower 20
    Engine Type Air-cooled 4-Stroke OHV 90 degrees V-Twin; Vertical Shaft
    Bore x Stroke 3.0 x 2.6 in (77 x 66 mm)
    Displacement 37.5 cu in (614 CC)
    Compression Ratio 8.3:1
    Maximum Power Output 20 HP / 3,600 rpm 14.9 (kW)
    Recommended Maximum Power Output 17.9 HP / 3,600 rpm (13.3 kW)
    Maximum Torque 32.5 lbf ft (44.1 Nm) / 2,500 rpm
    Ignition System Transistorized Magneto
    Starting System Electric or Electric/Recoil
    ACG Output 12V-3A or 12V-20A
    Decompression Centrifugal
    Aircleaner Heavy Duty Dual Element
    Oil Capacity 2.3 U.S. Qts (2.2 liters) w/oil filter replacement
    Fuel Consumption 0.51 lb/HPh (230 g / HPh, 313 g/kWh)
    Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.1 x 18 x 17 in (459 x 457 x 431 mm)
    Dry Weight 94.8 lbs (43 kg)

    Horsepower 18
    Engine Type Air-cooled 4-Stroke OHV 90 degrees V-Twin; Verticall Shaft
    Bore x Stroke 3.0 x 2.6 in (77 x 66 mm)
    Displacement 37.5 cu in (614 CC)
    Compression Ratio 8.3:1
    Maximum Power Output 18 HP / 3,600 rpm 13.4 (kW)
    Recommended Maximum Power Output 16.2 HP / 3,600 rpm (12.1 kW)
    Maximum Torque 31.7 lbf ft (43.1 Nm) / 2,500 rpm
    Ignition System Transistorized Magneto
    Starting System Electric or Electric/Recoil
    ACG Output 12V-3A or 12V-20A
    Decompression Centrifugal
    Aircleaner Heavy Duty Dual Element
    Oil Capacity 2.3 U.S. Qts (2.2 liters) w/oil filter replacement
    Fuel Consumption 0.51 lb/HPh (230 g / HPh, 313 g/kWh)
    Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.1 x 18 x 17 in (459 x 457 x 431 mm)
    Dry Weight 94.8 lbs (42 kg)
     
  8. Gjohnson

    Gjohnson LawnSite Member
    from La.
    Posts: 20

    So, the 18 is just a detuned 20, probably through cam change or carb. change or fuel injection, whatever the case may be.
    Thanks mowerconsultant. I may have to spring for the 20 anyway!
     
  9. Gjohnson

    Gjohnson LawnSite Member
    from La.
    Posts: 20

    As you will see in my other post,"Mini Z followed me home", I decided on the Mini Z 19/42 for the reasons stated in that post.
    Thanks
     

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