Opinions on how much horsepower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GRASS PRO, Oct 25, 2002.


    GRASS PRO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I am looking to buy a new 72" mower and was wondering how much horsepower should I get with this size machine?
  2. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    The more the merrier. I would go with at least a 31 turbol diesel 3 cylinder. If you look to DC, the 30 generac has the power or you could get the 50 hp turbo.
  3. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    If a lot is good and more is better. than too much is just right.

    GRASS PRO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    Ok I forgot to say that this purchase would be gas only! I am allergic to diesel. Also with all the trouble that generac is having I think I would pass on that engine! I am really wondering what would be the minimum hp. you think I should look at? Or should I just get the most hp that I can find!
  5. MONTE

    MONTE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 793

    One of the things you need to consider is that all engines are not created equal. For instance a 25hp kohler engine and say a 24hp onan engine do not share the same torque, and torque is what you are going to need. Just something to think about.
  6. Mow&Snow

    Mow&Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    I have never regretted over buying on horsepower. I would get as much as I could.

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    We used d/c city slickers for several years and found them to be pretty decent power except in real heavy stuff. I have been switching to diesel power in the bladerunner mower and I will say that when you have had power you do not want to go back! I would recommend the biggest engine in gas power that you can afford!

    Another thing to consider is what brand of mower you are buying! A 25hp engine on brand x may not have the same power as it does on brand z. There are several reasons but one of the big reasons is the hydralic system and how it is driven, some are just more effecient than others.

    WREBELMACHINE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,089

    By the way grass pro what brand or brands of mowers are you looking to purchase?

    I think one of them would be a bladerunner unless you are not happy with the one that you got earlier this year. Just currious!
  9. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    Exactly!!!!!!!!! Pick the mower that fits your budget, then get the next biggest! It won't be too much. Those 72's have some serious blade mass and weight under them.
  10. Farmboy

    Farmboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I had a 25hp robin on a 60" and it had a lot more power than a 25hp kohler on the same unit.

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