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Need advice on engine options for scag

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lockhart, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. lockhart

    lockhart LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    i am about to buy a new 48in Scag Cub...... there are 3 differnt motors i can choose from so i thought id see what every body thinks is best

    48" Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 26hp Briggs & Stratton ELS air-cooled engine
    STC48V-19KAI 48" Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 19hp Kawasaki KAI air-cooled engine
    STC48V-23CV 48" Velocity Plus™ Cutter Deck, 23hp Kohler air-cooled engine
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I would go with the 23hp Kohler. While the others are good engines, the Kawasaki will be too underpowered for your mower and Briggs is just not as good of an engine as Kohler. A Kohler engine will last much longer than a Briggs if it is properly maintained (I'm not saying that briggs won't last long, just not as long as Kohler). So go with the Kohler for sure.
  3. PTLLandscapingIL

    PTLLandscapingIL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    briggs is out of the question! its not comerical i would choose kaw,kohler is a very good motor but kaw is still the best hands down and ive an both motors so yeah i can judge liek this
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    either the kohler of the kawasaki

  5. fullburn

    fullburn LawnSite Member
    from ct.
    Messages: 42

    just went threw it an purchased the cub with 52' deck an 25 kohler. It's on promo from scag much more mower for less money. I originaly was going to get the 48' with kaw. eng. after using I'm happy with choice.
  6. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,429

    Hey, what Kohler is it? If its the Command, its a sure thing, but if it is the Courage, you are prolly just as good going with the els briggs. The Courage and the ELS are rated about the same, and you will get a more powerful engine that way for a little less money.
  7. fullburn

    fullburn LawnSite Member
    from ct.
    Messages: 42

    COMMAND, lot of eng. in a small chassis very manuverable was only 300 more than the 48' with the 17 hp kaw eng. on the cub. also 48' deck is very even with rear tires I think sidewalls would suffer when trying to cut close

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