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Engine swap on a Scag walkbehind

crawdad

LawnSite Bronze Member
Scag walkbehind, 48", currently running a 17 Kaw. I want to swap the engine, might as well go to a larger one. A 19 or 21. Would a 21 be too heavy? What's the weight difference, anyone know? Any other bad points to going so big? It's only 200 bucks more than the 19 hp.
17 hp $1069
19 hp $1269
21 hp $1469
Crawdad
 
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crawdad

crawdad

LawnSite Bronze Member
I just noticed, I put this in the elements of business section. I usually go through "view new posts", not individual sections. Sorry, folks.
Please move to the appropriate forum for me.
Mechanic and Repair
 

GreenTurf

LawnSite Member
Location
NJ
crawdad,

just curious how the 17 hp engine performed. did it bog down. how was it maintenance wise. I got an old exmark i rebuilt and it had a 12 1/2 horse kawasaki and I was thinking of putting a 17 on it. gonna be used for back up mostly
 
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crawdad

crawdad

LawnSite Bronze Member
It performed pretty well. On the third of July, I had some problems, first serious downtime, and my dealer's mechanics got me going the same day.
But, they said, it may last 15 minutes or 15 years. I put a bunch of hours on it after that. Starting to smoke a bit. I don't want downtime this year. Rather than rebuild, I say replace, although it has less than a thousand hours.
Crawdad
 

Cut This!

LawnSite Member
Location
Illinois
Crawdad,

Weights of the Kawasaki's are;
15hp 70.5#
17hp 71#
19Hp 71.2#
21Hp 88#

All are listed as dry weight, less muffler.

You won't have a problem with the extra weight.
 

swim

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Franklin,TN
Crawdad when pricing new mowers the dealer said that the frame size changes between the 17hp and the 20hp models.

Not sure that it really matters but the bigger frames and engines may have heavier duty parts as well. This may cause more break downs than it prevents if that is correct.

I know if you can aford the new engine it will be less likely to break down than rebuilding, but I have overhauled mine for about $300 or $400 in parts in the winter.
 
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crawdad

crawdad

LawnSite Bronze Member
Originally posted by swim
Crawdad when pricing new mowers the dealer said that the frame size changes between the 17hp and the 20hp models.

Not sure that it really matters but the bigger frames and engines may have heavier duty parts as well. This may cause more break downs than it prevents if that is correct.

I know if you can aford the new engine it will be less likely to break down than rebuilding, but I have overhauled mine for about $300 or $400 in parts in the winter.
They said at the dealer that the frame may need some new holes for mounting a larger engine. I'd guess that the 19 would bolt right on, seeing the .2# weight difference.

I figured the weight would be close, sometimes the only difference in different hp engines is a small carb change or a heavier flywheel. Winter is about over (although we are under a winter storm watch now, got a big-un on the way) and I am unsure of rebuilding myself, maybe I'll get a price from the dealer.
Thanks,
Crawdad
 

Shultz

LawnSite Member
Location
Chicagoland
I'd bet there is no difference in the block size, but you could check. On the 22 and 27 lc, the block is the same.
Will you notice the 2 hp increase?
 
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crawdad

crawdad

LawnSite Bronze Member
Originally posted by Shultz
I'd bet there is no difference in the block size, but you could check. On the 22 and 27 lc, the block is the same.
Will you notice the 2 hp increase?
I'd say I'll likely notice it on hills, and that's why I was thinking of an extra 4 instead of just 2.
Crawdad
 
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