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Old 11 December 2012, 15:05   #11
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I had actually thought about acquiring a spare 8hp cowling
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Old 11 December 2012, 15:31   #12
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The helpful people at Barrus send me the technical install drawings for the 9.9 so I can compare it with the 6. I'm going to try and physically compare on Thursday.

On paper, the 9.9 is 34mm taller, 54mm wider and 240mm deeper (incl tiller). The 9.9 is much thicker around the middle - a bit like me. It's also 13kg heavier, half as much again. The 6hp is about the weight of a bag of cement, the 9.9 about the weight of a 6 stone person.
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Old 13 December 2012, 10:43   #13
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Old 14 December 2012, 16:50   #14
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Swapped my order from 6hp to 9.9

Size wise, there is nothing in it with the length and looks like it will fit in both directions in the boot. It's a bit wider but much thicker around its middle.

Weight wise, its no longer easily carry able so trolley is definitely in order - I was going to buy one anyway for the 6 just for storage, but going for a more robust foldable unit. It's still a one person lift, but you wouldn't want it any heavier. Don't think the Mrs will be helping with then engine but if there is no other help around, I've been shown the technique to flick it up into the boot of the car.

The tiller can be folded up and down which will probably be useful. I had not realised that the forward/neutral/reverse was on on the tiller - much more friendly.

I've lost the ability to use the internal tank but had begun to think that petrol in the engine during transport was a liability. I've also lost the free bag as its not meant to fit the bigger engine. I understand that most people use old towels to protect other things when in the boot. Not sure if there is a better WAF solution?
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