View Full Version : kholer engines

06-16-2007, 06:23 AM
i was wondering is kholer engines any good. i heard they are junk engines and how about the oil filters?? i was wondering i have a kholer engine in my craftsman. i always like briggs and straton engine.

michael :usflag:

06-16-2007, 06:59 AM
We have one Gravely260z with a kohler and I hate it always problems (carb etc) not with Gravely but with kohler all our other machines have Kawaski and there great

06-16-2007, 09:13 AM
I think Kohler makes one of the best small displacement air cooled engines on the market.
I have seen the old L type run over 3000 hours with out problems.
I have seen their Command series run over 2500 hours without problems.
I am aware Kohler had some initial problems with their fuel injection system but that has been long since corrected.
As a side note, I also have five Kawi powered ztrs, three of which are the Gravely Rapid series stand ons. I'm glad to see that Kawi corrected a continual problem on their earlier engines wherein debris build up in the starter solenoid meant once the engine was warm it was virtually impossible to re-start. I had four of these engines on '02-04 ztrs give me hemorrhoids until I changed motors to Kohlers.
More importantly, you will find everyone here has their preferences so good luck with your choice.

06-16-2007, 09:51 AM
my exp. w/ kohler has been a positive one.
i would not hesitate to purchase another product w/ this engine.

06-16-2007, 10:24 AM
I have had better luck with kohler than kawasaki engines. I think however its kind of like the echo or stihl debate, just personal preferance.

06-16-2007, 01:07 PM
Kohler in a 2003 Craftsman and a 2006 Kubota, no problems yet.

06-16-2007, 02:02 PM
well i have 2003 Craftsman i got and i just hear they usally have problems. i have 0 problems so far.

thanks for help.

06-16-2007, 02:49 PM
my lazer is a 98' model year, been thru 1 hour meter thus far and a few starter's but engine has been GOOD!

06-16-2007, 03:17 PM
Have kohler on our G15 Deere and had several Kohlers never had a problem other than the "Kohler Knock" Sometimes when you shut it down. We have a Kawi on Deere 717a and I think the kohler has more power with 2 less horses.

06-16-2007, 07:44 PM
I have a 03 john deere with a kohler and its starting to give me problems. I had a craftsman tractor with a briggs and stratton and it always ran good.

06-16-2007, 11:13 PM
They are great engines.I have a built 25hp kohler I use in my pulling tractor thats making 80hp and turns over 10,000rpms and it takes a beating and keeps going.I ran this same motor for years stock and took the govern off and it never gave me a problem and thats twice as hard on a motor than being on a mower.To make it worse we pull a 8900lb sled