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Argee got me thinking. HUM imagine that.
I know most everyones mind is geared towards snow removal this time of year, but just wondering why most people seem to be buying such large engine tractors to mow with.

Why do we need such large engines in a L&G tractor?
Or why are people buying the larger engine machines?
 

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Bigger is Better?
Or at least thats what we are lead to believe... probably not true as some of the older 6,8,10 HP machines can do as much if not more than the new 18,20 and 25 hp motored machines...


I would chaulk it up to a marketing ploy..

But the older machines with 6,8,10 hp.. do they havbe 3 blades on their decks or 2? maybe the extra blade requires a few more hp
 

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That's exactly what it is. Something new, something different.....it helps to sell tractors.
It sure does, and for a bunch more $$$$ :eek:mg:

I just wonder why people want to buy them big engines if it is not really needed. I see them using more gas?
 

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Was just outside pushing 12" of the frozen stuff. As far as horsepower goes, I'm happy to say I used all that 18HP in the tractor. I'm sure you don't need it to cut grass, unless the grass is 18" tall, or to pull the utility trailer around the acres. The most the machine has strained was driving up some fairly steep slopes pulling a trailer that was definitely overloaded and one time we were pushing allot of dirt around at a neighbors. Maybe the engine was just working a bit, for a change. Never had it stall out while working or had to stop a project due to overheating and the like.

Now do I need 20HP. plus? Not sure about that one. Maybe if I was running a tiller, post hole digger, or a 2 stage snowblower with lots of counter weights it might come in handy. Though I have a hunch the HP. would do the job there as well.

There's plenty of lawn and garden tractors out there doing a fine job of what they do with less than 20HP. Proof is the guy that weighs 375 lbs. riding the Snapper riding mower cutting his grass on Sat. afternoon. Really, I had one across the street at the old house. You know that mower lasted him over 15years. My guess is it had 8-10 hp. Not bad!!!

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Hey Kevin,
sure would of liked to see pictures of you pushing all that snow. Sounds like fun to me.
Actually the back 3 acres of my property I only mow about 3 or 4 times per year and it gets higher than the hood on my AC-616, so I too need all of that 16HP to mow that stuff. Even had so much under the hood once it cought fire :eek:mg: Sure made me jump.
 

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I'm glad I got the extra HP thats for sure...I'm happy about the newer technology engines overall, and how efficient they are and reliable (electronic ignition, etc..)
I know in a lot of ways they dont make the machines like they used to, and I think that applys mostly to the frames and chassis, rear ends. But the engines today are so much better !!

I remember using my single cylinder Cub 125 and using basically all the power it had to mow grass, it did it with no compliant for years on end...my newer Cub can do it 1/4 throttle and not lug, and it dosent seem like its working at all...
The way it cuts the grass, I never had a better lawn from it...but that another topic...
With the extra power, it is nice for it to be mated to a chassis that can do something with it...it makes a difference

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Sometimes HP is good

Do you think this is to much HP for blowing snow:smiles:
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Here is a plow

Here is a snow plow.
Jody

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WOW WEEEEEEEEEEE :eek:mg:

Nice pictures Jody. I love looking at stuff like that.

Nope not too much HP for me to blow snow. Would love to be driving that thing.

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Originally posted by Rusty_Nuts
I just wonder why people want to buy them big engines if it is not really needed. I see them using more gas?
Because some of us, me especially, don't like spending our free time woking on the old ones.
 

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Originally posted by Argee
Because some of us, me especially, don't like spending our free time woking on the old ones.
Hard for me to imagine, as I love it. Feels great when you bring home one of those old non running tractors and get that first blast, the first pop out of the engine. Just something about it feels good. Putting the work into it, to get it to run makes it all that more special.
 

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I had a couple of old Case 446's. Seemed like everytime I turned around I was working on them, sometimes before I could get the work I was using them for finished. That got tiresome so I sold them off and bought a Craftsman GT5000. Haven't regretted it yet.
 

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Originally posted by Argee
I had a couple of old Case 446's. Seemed like everytime I turned around I was working on them, sometimes before I could get the work I was using them for finished. That got tiresome so I sold them off and bought a Craftsman GT5000. Haven't regretted it yet.
I have been thinking of buying a new one to keep the grass mowed with, that way I can play with the old ones when I want. Not looking for something as nice as the GT5000 just something cheap to keep the 2 acres around the house trimmed.
 

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Originally posted by Rusty_Nuts
I think that big thing is a dang train. :eek:mg:
It is its two blowers one on each end and two engines in the middle it moves about 8 mph blowing snow:driving: it blows the snow about 40 yards and cuts a path 12' wide.
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No i seen it on TV last night on Mega Machines they don't use it that often only when the snow gets really high.
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