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enough HP?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mark McC, Jan 24, 2005.


Is the Kawasaki 17 enough for an exmark TT 52?

  1. Yes, 17hp is enough for an exmark TT 52"

    14 vote(s)
  2. No, 17hp is not enough for an exmark TT 52"

    36 vote(s)
  1. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    This would be for mowers used in northern Virginia. Is the Kawasaki 17 enough for a Turf Tracer 52"?
  2. sgallaher

    sgallaher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I would say that it would be enough as long as you side discharge. I have the 17hp Kaw on my 44" Lazer hp and it has plenty of power for a rider as long as I side discharge.
  3. SpudsM15

    SpudsM15 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    I got a 15hp 32", and I mostly mulch... In the wet grass I wish I had the twin cyclinder 17hp... For 52" i'd say go for a 20+hp...
  4. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    I agree, low or middle 20's HP. I've used 20HP B&S on 52" Standers and it just isn't enough in the heavier and wet grass.
  5. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    I voted yes but the 17 hp might slow you down in some places. You would probibly be better off to go ahead and get it with a 20 hp. It really depends on what type of yards you will be mowing and how often.
  6. sailinstud420

    sailinstud420 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    I have a 19 kawai on my 52" TT and it does just okay. If it blows up I will get at least a 22hp if not more... You can never have too much power!! You are just working the littler engines harder, I"d rather have a 22 to muscle through it all and not have it get abused doing it. Even the 19 in wet grass isn't the most pleasant.
  7. j fisher

    j fisher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    I've got a 19 hp Kawasaki on a 48" Scag. Does pretty good, but will bog down on tall thick grass. Would not consider it on a 52.
  8. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    I have the 17hp tthp. Its enough plower if your just cutting weekly. I wish I got the bigger engine and all the other options but finacially I don't think it makes sense. :dizzy:
  9. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    Too much horsepower is almost enough!
  10. J.Gordon

    J.Gordon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 674

    I have 25 horsepower on my 54’’ walk-behind, like Oldtimer said its almost enough.

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