Highlift Blades- Drags 23hp Kaw. Down

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tommy, Sep 28, 2001.

  1. tommy

    tommy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I tried Highlift Blades on my Skag 52 in. advantage deck 23 Hp Z
    Yesterday. The grass was anywhere from 4 to 6.5 inches. I was
    cutting at 2.5 inches. The grass was cutting very good, However
    the motor was really straining to keep up. Therefore, I had go at
    an extremely low speed. Can anyone help diagnose the problem or is this common.
    I have not been satisfied with the way this machine cuts. 100 hrs.
    I've been thinking I have bought a lemon:confused:
  2. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    take it back to the dealer and have them to check rpm. it should be around 3600 (under load).
  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    Highlift blades will pull down an engine a bit more than regular lift blades. Do they put Kaw or Kohlers on those?

    I have an old Kohler with over 37 times more hours than yours and it's just a 22 HP. It powers a 60" deck with double blades, a high lift and a regular lift blade and the 22 hp handles it just fine. What rpm's is it running at with the blades on and not mowing? As strickdad said, you might be low on rpm's. If you don't have a tach on it, I'd get one.

    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    He says at the beginning of his post it is a Kaw - and I thought they had more torque for a stated HP than Kohler. Both engines are shown on the Scag website as options.
  5. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I guess I'm going blind, I missed that one completely. :cool:
  6. tommy

    tommy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I took it to the dealer about a week ago. He checked RPM under
    load. 3550

    HOWARD JONES LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    tommy: no mulch kit, right? What kind of grass, and how heavy is it? How did it cut with the original blades? Have you ever cut this property with a different mower for comparison?
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    just so u can have reference . my 20 kohler w 52
    would be pulled ever so slightly w 5-6 inch grass cutting
    of course this is all reletive to how thick your grass is and what kind.mine is mostly fescue. later now
    ps thought i better add mine is a lazer w mule dr.
  9. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    I usually run double blades on my 23 Kaw, 52 Laser. Never struggles and sometimes I even have the ultra vac on it also. I'm not sure whats up with yours, but it shouldn't be struggling.
  10. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 363

    You said the grass was 4-6.5 inches and you were cutting at 2.5 inches. Thats tall grass (hopefully not a weekly cut). With grass that high depending on how thick it is I can imagine the engine stressing out to cut it. You cant go full speed and expect a nice cut. Just wondering if you checked the air filter and made sure its clean and with proper flow? If not that could well be your problem.

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