13 hp enough for 36" walkbehind?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sensor419, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. sensor419

    sensor419 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Is a 13hp Kawasaki KAI engine powerful enough for a 36" belt drive walk behind?
  2. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    Plenty of power get a velke and hold on tight:laugh:
  3. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I agree. My toro 32 had a 12.5 and lasted for 10 years. Still runs, just is never used anymore.
  4. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    got a 12.5 kohler on my old 36 belt scag. never gets bogged down or anything
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    it seems the answer is thumbs-up on the 13!

    GEO :)
  6. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    A 15 would be better..but the 13 is perfectly adequate for a 36-inch belt. If it were Hydro I'd have second thoughts.
  7. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    I have two 36" belt drives with the 12.5 Kawi motors. I think that these motors are fine for those machines. It's funny, I remember back in the mid-eighties when the Buntons were the big deal, they had a 48" with an 11 hp Honda on it:laugh:
  8. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    Remember 10Hp Briggs's on a 48 lol.
  9. sensor419

    sensor419 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Thanks for the replies. I'm glad to hear that 13hp works well on a 36".
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,586

    If you plan to do any mulching with outlet closed the 13hp is going to be alittle short unless it has more power than 15hp Kohler?

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