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Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by W&Wlawncare, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. W&Wlawncare

    W&Wlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I have an opportunity to buy an Exmark Turf Tracer CHEAP. My only issue is that the recoil engines aren't cheap that replace the one on the TT. However, there are electric start engines much cheaper than recoil start engines and I could go for the electric start but it seems to much of a hassle with the wiring and batteries and switches/ignition needed. So, my question to all you experts out there is whether a 15 hp kawasaki recoil start will be enough power (749$) or a 18 hp (~900$) electric start can be converted to recoil to avoid electrical hassles. i believe it is a 2009 and a 52"

    Thanks in advance

    Also if anyone knows where to get a 17-18-19 hp recoil start engine for cheap that'd work out great also.
  2. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    Make sure the recoil engine will indeed work, or any engine for that matter. Crankshaft must be the same, the stator has the output for the pto, and if electric start, enough to charge the battery and power the pto. Look for a direct replacement engine according to the current engines spec number. Anything else will be a headache.
  3. W&Wlawncare

    W&Wlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    Yeah i got the shaft size written down from when i called the dealer today so that's taken care of. However the Turf Tracer i am looking at was a recoil start. But i see electric start engines way cheaper than i do recoil start ones, that's why i was trying to take that route rather than purchase the original recoil engine. If the complications are too great I may have to suck it up and bust out the extra $200 for the original 17 hp engine. Trying to do this on a tight budget.
  4. wiselandscaping

    wiselandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    I'd go with the bigger engine. it may cost more up front but will be worth it.
  5. W&Wlawncare

    W&Wlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I lied, the recoil start engine is $400+ more than the electric . That makes no sense to me how an electric start engine is cheaper. Is converting an electric start engine to pull/recoil easy?
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  6. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    I'm not sure but I would think the electric start motors probable come with out a starter. that is probably why they are cheaper
  7. greenstar lawn

    greenstar lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 648

    I dont think 15 hp will be enough. This machine is hydro right? I am not sure how many hp it takes to power the pumps but I dont think 15 would be enough. I have a 19 hp kawi on mine and when I replaced it this yr I paid around $1100 for the new motor which is pull start and I installed it myself.

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