You just cannot find lawn tractors today in the 16-18 hp range with
wide decks. The decks are 44 at best, and most are 42. Back in the
day, I had several 16 hp. IHs with 50 decks, and now have an aging 18
Cub with 48.
So I'm looking at a 23 hp Husqvana with 50 deck. Any opinions?
The reason you're experiencing this phenomenom is that the HP ratings are
not the same as the old days. Today's 23 might be lucky to actually put out
18. They are all overrated. The other reason is that 18 REAL HP would be
the bare minumum to run a 48" deck properly.
You'd be best off looking at the Exmark products . You'll get more mower
for the buck.
Well, duh. That's what I'm trying to tell you. The manufacturer can rate the
horsepower at any RPM they please. They can take a particular engine that
produces 5 HP at normal operating speeds, but advertise it as a 7 HP engine,
because they rate it based on revving it to the redline, which can also be
When you see a 3hp electric motor for a hot tub pump, often it is really a 2 hp
motor. At normal voltage, it produces 2 HP, but they rate it as 3 HP without
telling you that you would have to feed it 50% higher voltage to get that much
power out of it. It's sales puffery.
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