36" WalkBehind 8HP

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Rayray, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. Rayray

    Rayray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    So I have this 8hp Briggs engine that was given to me last year, also a 36" Gravely walk behind with no engine.....can I put the two together or is it too weak an engine? I am thinking if this works, I wouldn't use it in fast gears and definitely not with a sulky. by the way this machine is only for a backup and not for everyday use. Am I asking for trouble?
  2. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    I used a 12.5hp 48" belt drive with a sulky and it had no problem. As long as the grass isn't real long, you run single not double blades, and it's belt drive I think you would be fine.
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    IMO, A 8 hp is no where near enough to run the twin blades along with the drive system, I believe you will be waisting your time. I wouldn't go less than 12.5 hp.

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