11 hp engine on scag

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by george`s lawn care, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. george`s lawn care

    george`s lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    hello i just bought a 36 in scag and was wondering if an 11 horsepower engine would have enough power. the original engine was a 12.5 kohler

    thank you for any help,
  2. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    I've never tried it, but I doubt I would. Sometimes the crucial difference is not so much the horsepower, but the torque. You may find that you've bought and installed an engine that just isn't what you want. I think it's better to spring for $100 more now and be sure of getting what you want.
  3. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    I think it would probably work fine as long as the grass wasn't real thick/tall.
  4. edward hedrick

    edward hedrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    If its a 11 briggs, try for the 12 at least. Or 14 KAWI.

    the 11 is a bored out 8. the 12 is a larger block. A 14 Kawi

    or14 vanguard much better. Try Small engine warehouse
    for best prices. Ed
  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,677

    It will probably work fine but if you plan on riding on the back of the mower then I would not do it. I can remember when the 48s came with 12 hp motors then we all started riding velkeys and that seems to have ended that.
  6. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    11 hp would probibly be enough if the grass wasn't out of control but don't expect it to pull you.
  7. brinlee lawn

    brinlee lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    I have a 12.5 kawi on my toro 36in. It pulls me just fine. I weigh 187 pounds.
  8. george`s lawn care

    george`s lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    thanks for your opinions and help i have decided to go with a 13 hp kholer

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