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Posted July 25, 2017 - 07:16 AM

My Ransome XT3100 (Delilah) is severely under-powered. By the time the 18hp opposed Kholer is busy dragging around the heavy carcass  (no clue what it weighs, but I can't lift it), running the hydraulics, and pulling my fat butt; there isn't much left to spin the ginsu blades.

 

However, I just fell into a Craftsman GT5000 that needs work to the body, the 26hp v twin Kholer is perfect though. 

 

SO this morning while I was out mowing in the dewy cool I got to thinking. What if I put the 26 hp in place of the 18? Any ideas? Thoughts? Complaints? Criticisms? Offers to help?


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Posted July 25, 2017 - 08:22 AM

Sounds like a good idea. I would first do complete tuneups on both engines to deterrmine their true conditions. Also check if it will be a direct drop in of the 26hp. Then make yor decision. If you go for it, take plenty of pics. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted July 25, 2017 - 08:28 AM

Sounds like a good idea. I would first do complete tuneups on both engines to deterrmine their true conditions. Also check if it will be a direct drop in of the 26hp. Then make yor decision. If you go for it, take plenty of pics. Good Luck, Rick

One of the common complaints I am finding for these mowers is the lack of power. Unless you mow twice a week it bogs down. It is a good design, just lacking on poop to get through thick stuff. 


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Posted July 25, 2017 - 01:30 PM

I am on my first season with a Cub 1512 with a 15hp  Kubota 3 cyl diesel and 50" deck.  I have yet to hear any hint of lack of power.  This morning I mowed around the garden, 8"+ of grass and foxtail, cutting with the deck raised to about 4".  Traveled slow of course but it kept right on going through thick and thin.  My other mower was a JD with 48" deck and 24 hp engine and it didn't have near the power this Cub has.  For me, a diesel is the only way to go.


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Posted July 25, 2017 - 01:36 PM

That's what my first Husqvarna needed. They took that for a zero turn also. Guess that's what we talking?  Hard to translate. Keep in mind those have real big output shafts!  Think Husky one was 1-5/16 or close, had a weird adapter pulley on it, to come down to smaller size for the pto to mount on. These are vertical that I'm talking, guess you didn't say what you have, but bet same thing, made by same people I guess?


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Posted July 25, 2017 - 03:56 PM

Sounds interesting! What are the model #'s for that Kohler?


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Posted July 25, 2017 - 05:02 PM

If you go for it, take plenty of pics and explain any issues you run across. I'm sure someone here can help if we see what's the issue.


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Posted July 25, 2017 - 09:01 PM

Sounds interesting! What are the model #'s for that Kohler?

Someone would ask. I don't remember. I will try to look tomorrow in between running Emily from one appointment to another. 


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