Anyone ever ran a 52" hydro with a 15hp engine?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jaybow, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 1,089

    Anybody ever ran a 52" hydro with a 15hp engine, probably Kawasaki. Im gonna be buying an engine for my Scag SWZ 52" hydro soon and was wondering if a 15hp would run it ok for flat yards. I would like to pull myself with a 2 wheeled sulky, probably the caster wheel type. I seen a couple of exmark 48" turf tracers with a 15hp Kawasaki on ebay for sale. Justwondering if anyone has had one on a 52" before.
  2. Gassetts

    Gassetts LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Never seen a 52" with that small of an engine on it. They come with the 20 horse Kawi now, 48 with an 18 horse. Would seem to be to much for that engine.
  3. jaybow

    jaybow LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mi
    Messages: 1,089

    20 hp Kawasaki is the biggest engine option that Sacg offers with a fixed deck hydro walk behind. They also offer a 17 hp Kawasaki, 18 hp Kohler, 19 hp Kawasaki. I did see a few fixed deck hydro exmarks on Ebay with 15 hp Kawasaki engines. I will probably go with a 17 hp Kawasaki.
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I would prefer the 17 too. The 15 is a bit weak although it used to be standard practice to use a 14 on decks of that size.
  5. Gravelyftw

    Gravelyftw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    We use a Gravely 52" floating deck hydro model at work with a 17hp kaw. It has no power problems even when pulling me on the sulky.
  6. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think 15hp is small. My TT has a 17HP Kawi and sometimes it seems underpowered when I'm on it, but then again I'm a big guy.
  7. Gravelyftw

    Gravelyftw LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    yeah i wouldnt take a chance on anything under 17
  8. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Messages: 1,123

    That 19hp Kawi would be nice on there.
  9. fireman9

    fireman9 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    I own an early old 15 hp Kohler powered Scag 52" hydro walk behind. It's a back up mower and seems fine, but then again I'm not cutting hay fields with it either. It does get the job done, but will bog down in really thick tall grass if the blades aren't razor sharp.

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