View Full Version : 30 hp Kohler vs 26 hp Kawasaki

02-10-2008, 05:44 PM
Just as the title states, between the 30hp, 725cc Kohler and a 26hp liquid cooled 675cc Kawasaki, which would you choose and why.

Pros vs Cons of each.

02-11-2008, 01:45 PM
Ive got the 30hp kohlers and we love them. Theyve got about four hundred hours a peice and they are like new. The liquid cooled kaw is a good motor but you have a lot more moving and electrical parts. Think about it is outside where the weather is.

02-11-2008, 01:55 PM
Kaw. Why? More torque for the dollar.

Atlantic Lawn
02-21-2008, 07:49 PM
Kohler ....just had better luck with them and very easy to get parts. Seems I waited several times on parts for Kawi's may just have been the dealer .

02-21-2008, 11:00 PM
Kawasaki, longer lifespan, and the kohler is a guzzler.

02-21-2008, 11:08 PM
I would choose the kawi only because of the liquid cool engine will never know about heat translation longevity. The kohlers I have are the command 15 hp on my walk behinds I love them and I swear they can eat dirt they are alot less finigy than the kawi.

02-23-2008, 12:14 PM
The Kohler Will Probly Be A Bit More Power But It Will Run Louder And Are Generally More Of A Pain In The Cold Weather. They Are Really Cold Natured. The Kawasaki Is A More Expensive Fix Usually, But Tend To Last Much Longer. Personally With My Experience The Kawasaki Engine Being Liquid Cooled Would Be My Choice. I Haven't Blown One Of These Up And I Have Had Trouble Out Of The Kohlers. Mostly Carberator.

02-23-2008, 12:45 PM
Kawasaki for itís life period.:waving:

02-23-2008, 01:11 PM
i would get the kaw. i know i know ya'll saying sawman picking the kaw????
granted i dont like the air cooled kaw one bit. but those lc engines are one sweet running engine. and in this day and age were gas is over 3 usd a gallon, it will save you money. both are top notch power plants for any mower.

03-01-2008, 10:01 PM
I like that 30hp kohler a lot, but I'd be leaning towards the 26hp kawasaki for the same reason as many others (liquid cooled). What machine and deck size will this be on? Also, as for the fuel consumption the 30hp is a bit thirstier but it reasonably efficient for the amount of power it produces given that it's not an EFI unit. According to some info I got from Kohler the 25, 27, and 30hp vertical engines all use 2.2 gph

03-02-2008, 09:33 AM
it'll be on a 52" with possibly a bagger.

Two Seasons
03-03-2008, 05:48 AM
Air-cooled engines are much easier to service---cleaning the cooling fins is all that is required.

Carb'ed Kohler 27 on our Scag Turf Tiger uses 1.42gph, better than the 29hp liquid cooled, DFI Kawasaki---rated at 1.6gph---according to the dealer. Before we purchased the 27, we were told "you're making a big mistake just based on the cost of fuel". So far that isn't the case.

What I don't like about any liquid cooled engines for our applications is the complexity of coolant, thermostat, water pump, radiator in the hostile environment that we operate our equipment.