Hi Abe , on the hopper size , how long at anyone time away from the house are you riding your Kawasaki ? if you are just short runs around the property you can get away with a smaller hopper , in the early days a 5hp mower would run for 30 mins in a 20 litre drum before getting too hot , longer runs then larger hopper .
Usually 10 minutes is the max it runs at one time, but during the day, maybe 30 minutes total if there’s a lot to do, not all at once, several smaller trips throughout the day. Most days, it runs maybe 10 minutes a day.
I’d like a hopper big enough that I didn’t have to fill it every day, if possible. Once a week would be perfect. Basically, the equivalent of 2 gallons of gasoline would be enough, I think.
I was estimating needing a hopper of around 15-20 gallons.
no, I haven’t, though that might be a possibility. The space is not that large, even thought the footprint of the thing is huge.