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is 12.5 hp enough???

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Woods780, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Woods780

    Woods780 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I found a Toro Proline 52" walk behind today with 57 hrs on it. It only has a 12.5 hp Kawasaki engine is this enough for a 52" mower? I just plan to use it on my yard which is just under one acre. Would it pull me on a velkie? Does $1200 sound like a decent deal on it?
  2. JRS Landscaping

    JRS Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 817

    its an alright motor i have it on a 32 exmark it pulls me on a velke 180lbs

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    my 48'' has a 14 horse so i would be skeptical about a 12.5 on a 52''. i guess it would be fine it you are side discharging ad the grass isnt too long/wet
  4. dwost

    dwost LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,667

    It is underpowered for a 52 but for residential it will be just fine. I wouldn't add doubles or anything to create additional drag on the blades but you should be OK cutting your yard with it. You can always add a larger engine down the road if you'd like. 17 at least.

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