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Under powered

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by davey03, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. davey03

    davey03 LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 12

    Purchased a Bod Boy 72" with a 27 H.P. Kaw. It seems under powered; has anyone had the same experience or ran the 35 H.P. Vangard?
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    With a 72 deck, I'd have gotten a big block.
  3. blake2727

    blake2727 LawnSite Member
    from MS
    Messages: 88

    Yeah big block or diesel would have been better. 27 hp is about right for a 61" deck. My breakdown would be 19 hp for 46", 23 hp for 52", 27 hp for 61, and big block or large diesel for anything bigger than 61". It will work fine for you but you will have to slow down a little.
  4. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,239

    my 48" navigator has 27hp..
  5. milkie62

    milkie62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    I had a problem last year with a ferris 3000 with 61" deck and 26 hp kawasaki.Would stall the engine when deck turned on.Too small of an engine went to 32 hp briggs and ok now
  6. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Ya, My exmark z 60 inch deck with 25 kohler is weak. Tall short, it don't matter, it still has not enough power. A 72 inch should have had a 31 or 32 horse. Or even the cat engine
  7. davey03

    davey03 LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 12

    My dealer found someone that wants what I have so we're trading for a couple of days. He has the diesel with a 60" deck so I should see a big improvement; I'm not sure how he will feel about mine. He doesn't mow commercial so it may work fine.

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