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13hp too weak?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kingbman1, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. Kingbman1

    Kingbman1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 176

    IS a 13 horsepower to weak for a 36inch mower??
  2. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We have a Toro 37in belt with a 12.5 kaw, it lacks power in thick tall grass. I would go with a 15 kaw if possible and a hydro.
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Nope it should work fine unless you are in 10" plus tall grass for some reason.
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    my 36" Toro 13 HP Kohler WB ...is like bushhog......it will go through anything and hardly ever clumps.

  5. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    are you just pulling the machine, or a sulky or proslide?
    if not you should be more then fine under normal conditions. I have a 12 hp kawasaki on my 48", and I've cut grass well over a foot tall. you'll be fine. Under normal cutting conditions, i don't think you would even notice a difference other the label on the top of the mower.
  6. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    For us it's too weak for an everyday mower. But allright if you're just using it for a few backyards a week. I definitely wouldn't have a sulky behind it though.
  7. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    I'm not being smart, just asking. why is the amount of time used relevant to the horse power? if its good enough to cut 10 hours week, you'd need 15 hp to cut 20 a week?
  8. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    I wouldn't want one of my guys to use it 10 hours, maybe an hour or two tops. It would take a little more time to cut the yard and harder on the engine. IMO
    The only reason we have a 36 on a trailer is to get into backyards we can't get a 52 or 60 into
  9. DSIM

    DSIM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

  10. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,449

    under normal cutting conditions, how does it take longer and harder on the engine? :confused: that would only make sense if you were cutting a neglected property with overgrown grass, like 1 - 2' high. I'm not getting on you, just don't agree. what ever works for you.

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