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which would you choose?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnwizards, May 16, 2006.

  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    a 12.5 hp kawasaki or a 12 hp briggs for 150 less.. both are attached to walk behind mowers. the 12.5 goes to a 36" gravely pro150 and the 12 goes to a 32" encore with bagger attachment. which would you choose? thanks.

  2. Scotts' Yard Care

    Scotts' Yard Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 343

    I wouldn't consider anything but the Briggs engine but I'm probably the only guy here that would say that:)
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    12.5 kaw on the gravely
  4. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 992

  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    The Kawi has a lot more power than the b & s.

    The pecking order of engines from lowest to highest goes Briggs, Kohler is one tough engine, and Kawasaki is the best.

    I had an older 52" mower where I blew the motor so I got a 15hp Vanguard but even my oldest 15hp Kohler had more oomph than the Vanguard... Never have had a Kawasaki because Kohler is good enough for me, but I strongly suspect a 12.5hp kawi would be roughly equivalent to around a 15hp briggs.
  6. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,434

    thanks everyone. i think i'll get the gravely.
  7. jazak

    jazak LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 843

    36" kawi wb
  8. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 266

    i have a 15 hp new style (kai twin) and i'm not impressed with it. ithink it's a dog on my wb plus parts are hard to get and they are expensive.

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