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48" Exmark Metro underpowered?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Outtabounds, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Outtabounds

    Outtabounds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    This would be for use on relatively flat ground. Mower is a 48" belt drive exmark metro. I'd like to get a sulky for it and build a striper kit for it. I weigh in at a modest 275. Would the 15hp Kawi be underpowered for this?

    Yeah, maybe if I didn't use a sulky I'd lose some weight, but with 2 bad knees I gotta do what I gotta do.
  2. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    no. you might have to change belts more often but it should pull you just fine. i weigh 237lbs and never had any trouble with my belt drive. goodluck.
  3. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    I weigh 210 and have a 17 HP Exmark TTHP with Proslide. It is a hydro with plenty of power. The trouble is getting the power to the ground. It spins out easily. A belt drive is even worse.
  4. Outtabounds

    Outtabounds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Yeah, would love to hold out for a hydro but the local dealer has a screamin deal on a trade in belt job.
  5. metiernan

    metiernan LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 74

    Another thing you have to keep in mind is if an exmark mower has a 17hp kawasaki and an off brand mower has a 17hp kawasaki on a mower doesnt mean they will both have the same power. The exmarks are also desiged so even if it only has a 15hp or 17hp enginge it can still pull you on a sulky and have plenty of power leftover.
  6. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    I guess what I am saying is that it will be underpowered for a 275 lb man especially. It wont be such a screamin deal if it doesnt do what you want it to.
  7. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    I have a Toro belt drive 48" 15hp kaw w/Tru Trak sulky and weigh in @185lb and it does fine even in overgrown grass.
  8. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    You should have plenty of power. But I would be more worried about the belts slipping in certain conditions. But you should be fine for a majority of the time.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Give it another 15-20 years and folks will be asking if 40 hp's is enough...
    That drives me nuts, 15 hp's on a 48" gear drive is more than enough power.

    You can pull a car out of a ditch with that, other than maybe traction...
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2009

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