48 inch deck needs how much power?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mloolara, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. mloolara

    mloolara LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I am considering purchasing a new Tiger Cub for cutting grass in Louisiana. I would be mowing 4 acres of grass every week or so (2 acres at my house and 2 at my Mama's house). The current price is $6,800 for a new Tiger Cub with 48 inch deck and 19 HP Kawasaki engine. Is this enough power for this mower? I asked and the price jumps about 1 thousand to bump up to the 24 HP Honda. By the way, is this mower the right "fit" for my cutting needs?
  2. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    ck out exmark lazer z hp 48 inch deck the hp is for there compacked size mower put still has full size mower features can order three engine sizes 19,20 and 23 i think the price will be lower than scags if you are going to side discharge lower horse power should be ok ,but if you plan to mulch higher is better good luck
  3. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    Like traman said, if you plan to discharge it should work fine, but mulching may be more of a challenge.
  4. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    Get all the horsepower that you can afford. You won't regret it.
  5. Triple L

    Triple L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 524

    I got a walker 42" GHS 18 HP Kohler, More than plenty of power. the 19 should have no problem at all. Think 21" has 5.5 HP, so 42" should have 11 Hp 48" might have 15 HP or so. The only time my walker has ever really worked is when I put the 52" on and cut grass 1' high.
  6. TomB

    TomB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    The 19hp is fine for side discharging. If you plan to bag or mulch Scag offers a 21hp and I would go with it.
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    OK, here goes, don't buy if the Kawi powered Scags don't have the canister air filter.
    Choose another brand engine.

    In my opinion, the 48" deck needs atleast a 21hp Kawasaki, minimum.

    I'm not real sure what your cutting needs are, but if you need a small mower and want a Scag, I would suggest you go with the 52" Tiger Cub. If you can use a 61" then step up to the Wildcat.

    The money difference is a NON-ISSUE when you think about what the mower will earn you per hour and how few hours it takes to recoup the money. However, the production difference is an issue.
  8. TomB

    TomB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    All the Scag riders have the "cannister" air filter on them now.
  9. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We have two Scag Tiger Cubs with the 48/19 Kawasaki's and they have plenty of power in all the conditions we have put it through. One Cub has the canister air filter (2004) and the other we have (2003) does not. The canister is great you only have to replace it about once a year if you blow it out and keep it clean. We side discharge mostly,but mulch in the fall and there have not been any power issues.
  10. Green lawns

    Green lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Our 48" Bob-Cat has the 25hp Kohler. The way I see it the more ponies the better. No such thing as too much horse power!

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