Horse Power and cut quality?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cbegap, May 7, 2008.

  1. cbegap

    cbegap LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    I have a 2004 Bobcat 52" with a 19hp Kaw. This machine must have come out before the horsepower really went up on the ZTRs. This wouldn't be my first choice of motor size, but let's leave that for another day. Anyway, I notice that when I cut tall grass (gone to seed), that it will leave the grass slightly longer between the blades, especially when turning. Is this a hp thing or more a fact that these or this mower just wasn't meant to be a bushhog or hay bailer? FWIW, I sharpen the blades fairly regularly and have tried my best to level the deck per the manual (down 1/8 in front for this mower).
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    I would say the later "wasn't meant to be a bushhog or hay bailer". Are your blades rounded or is there any build up under the deck? I haven't found HP to be an issue with cut unless your pushing the machine to the limit and the rpm's are suffering. It can be hard to cut some grass after it's been laid over by the leading edge of the deck. Some decks do better than others.

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