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what motor for my 48" bobcat?

bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
currently have 12 hp on all my mowers. thinking of gettin a bigger motor put on the 48" bobcat. would you put a 17hp on it? stick with the 12hp?
 

Cutters Lawn Care

LawnSite Senior Member
How has the 12hp done for you. If you haven't experienced any problems with it I wouldn't spend any money on it. I would think that it would need more hp though.
 

BrianK10

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
usa
Originally posted by hole in one lco

I wouldn't go any thing less then a 15hp on a 48.
I agree with that. Unless a 12hp has done fine for you, I wouldn't go under a 15hp.

Brian
 
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bobbygedd

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
NJ
well, it's belt driven, has always worked good. not great, but good. slows down a tiny bit in very high wet grass, and i definitely can't pick up leaves with it. i was wondering if the extra power would give me a cleaner pick up during leaf season.
 

R&K Ent.

LawnSite Member
Location
Monrovia,In.
I once read that to pull the average man on Sulky etc. that you should have at least 18hp to not bog down and wear out WAY to fast. Not from experience, just read and thought I would pass that on.
 

Doc Pete

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
New Jersey
Originally posted by bobbygedd
currently have 12 hp on all my mowers. thinking of gettin a bigger motor put on the 48" bobcat. would you put a 17hp on it? stick with the 12hp?
Your kidding, right??? 17 at least...... Heck, come on up and try my 23 kaw on the 48:p
DP
 

Turfdude

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
South Jersey
Bobby, I'm currently deciding between a pair of 48 eXmarks or Bobcats. Both come standard w/ a V-Twin Kaw on them. I have 16 Briggs Vanguard (Daihatsu) V-twins on my current 48& 52 snapper belts. IMHO, 12HP is good for machines up to 36" only!
Good luck.
 
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