Its also unfair to use the logic of "well I dont have any issues with the same setup so I dont see the big deal".
You also need to consider the torque these engines have not the horsepower. For instance the kawa 26 hp EFI has the same torque as a kawa fx 691 22 hp. And the fx 801 only has 6 ft lbs more torque more the 691.
Some engineers never go out and actually field test their products before shoving them down the assembly line... they think “oh, we have this engine and it’s cheap for us to purchase from say Kaw or Kohler, so let’s just slap it on this mainstream mower! 80% of people will be fine with it!” ArrrrrrgLol what do you mean it shouldn’t be doing that. If you go slow enough, obviously it won’t bog down. But neither will my 5.5hp Honda. There’s nothing wrong with my governer. The point is efficiency. How fast can you go through it without it bogging down? The answer is; a hell of a lot faster if you have almost double the horse power.
but as I mentioned before (unless my maths is off), if the 52” were to have the exact same power across all spindles that my 36” has.. it would need 28.5hp to match. So doesn’t it make sense that all models should carry the same power per cutting area that the smallest unit in the lineup has. That’s more of a question for the scag development team I guess, but I can’t get my head around the 52” model having significantly less torque then my 36”