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Lawn mower power

Hello I have a garden maintenance and landscaping business based near Carlisle and I'm looking at changing my mower fleet. Does anyone know which rear roller mower has the largest horsepower? I find the newer machines compared to my 20yr old 1 which I refuse to let die haven't got anywhere near the same power. They struggle in wet grass and long grass just don't perform anywhere near what my old girl does

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  • Anything with a Kawasaki engine and a high lift blade..

    • Even with that don't you find they lack power?

    • Second that. Unreal power and reliability!

  • Honda gxv engine and adjust the revs. This can be done with other engines, but the gxv is my top pick.

  • I would say it's more likely the design of the  mower rather than the "horsepower" that's causing it to struggle. 

  • PRO

    I run old mowers. Two servicing firms have said to me that " they don't build them like that anymore".

    So do I spend £200 a year keeping them going, or spend £1200+ on a new one and then £200 a year to keep it serviced. I think I will spend my money elsewhere thanks 😁

    • My two main mowers are Honda HR194s, both from the '80s! I've upgraded the engines to the modern equivalent engine - the GXV160, and upgraded the handles to those found on the pro Hondas/Lawnflite etc. I service them myself annually and won't be buying new until they totally fail.

      • Impressive!

        • They're in keeping with the 1987 Land Rover pulling them around, which, unfortunately, needs slightly more servicing than the mowers!

  • My oldest is a SARP with honda engine I find it will quite happily eat the new 1s for breakfast it's a 5.5hp the equivalent new ones are absolutely pathetic I would quite happily pay 5k for a new machine of the same standard 

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