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Re: What gives?

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Bret4207

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Yup, there was a period where there were some pretty astounding claims made for "maximum developed HP". Some of those ratings must have involved a huge flywheel driven by the engine through a series of slip clutches and with the engine burning alcohol with nitro! Truth is you're only going to get so much HP from so much displacement regardless of the cam, valves, piston dome shape, etc. My Sears Crapsman is supposedly 25 hp. My 10 hp AC with about the same sized deck (44 vs 42) cuts right with it. My 22hp JD 40 or Wisconsin THD of 17 hp both have far more "oomph" than the "25 hp" Briggs. I recall when we had a rider with a 5hp Briggs and 32" deck that would mow knee high grass all day long and do a life job or it. Ir our ancient 1.5hp push mower that used the same 22" blade as my 6 hp Troybilt and did about the same job.

Salesmanship friends, that's a lot of it.

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