View Full Version : 18 hp kohler on exmark

02-23-2006, 07:50 PM
I am looking into a mower here in the midwest and wondering what would be a good deal to buy it for. I know there are a lot of threads that ask strictly about mowers, but this is a 36 exmark with the ECS controls hydro and only 60 hours and comes with a mulching deck and bagger. The kicker is that it has a 40 hour motor that is an 18 hp kohler, and the deal also comes with the original 15 hp kawa engine. Would that 15 fit onto an older style ransome/bobcat belt drive you think?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

02-23-2006, 08:02 PM
Thats going to one powerful beast!! I would think you could get the other engine on the older mowers. Whats teh price on all of this?

mulcahy mowing
02-23-2006, 08:14 PM
that should have some good power i have a 15 on my 36 i've gotten it to bog down...but 18 should be great! the 15 should fit well.

old dog 80
02-23-2006, 08:24 PM
Check with Exmark on their site to make sure the 18 won't taer the rest of the mower apart!

02-23-2006, 11:38 PM
the price is somewhere between 3500 and 4000, not quite sure exact price yet.

mulcahy mowing
02-23-2006, 11:41 PM
way to high

02-24-2006, 12:56 PM
what would be a good price range then?

mulcahy mowing
02-24-2006, 01:00 PM
wait sorry it's a hydro price semmes about $500 to high $3,000 would be a good deal

J&R Landscaping
02-24-2006, 01:03 PM
$2300 to $2800. I agree that $3500-$4000 is way to much! That other engine should fit on the bobcat machine without much difficulty! What year bobcat is it?

02-24-2006, 02:06 PM
The bobcat would be somewhere around a 90-95 model. It is the next years model when we got it though. It was a prototype and we were testing it out. Lasted 10 years and no problems though.

02-24-2006, 08:11 PM
You might want to be sure that the 18HP starts easy. I put one on our 36" and back off because it has too much compression to pull start. I opened a thread in the repair section and about the only input I got was that engine is too big to pull start you need a starter. A starter for that unit was going to be over $300 parts.

02-25-2006, 12:44 PM
Was the compression problem something all the time, or would it just act up when it is cold out, damp out, etc.

02-25-2006, 04:28 PM
The temp in my garage was probably 75 and across a couple week period I must have started it 30 times. Sometimes ok sometimes not okay. I took it to the dealer and it sit out side at 50 and no way was that beast going to start with out quick start. They were going to talk to Kohler but I decided to take the engine off and trade it in for a 15HP.