View Full Version : The Kohler 26 HP EFI or the Kawasaki 27HP Liquid Cooled

12-17-2001, 11:22 PM
I want to get a new Toro ZTR 72" deck. Dont know which engine to go with. The Kohler 26 HP EFI or the Kawasaki 27HP Liquid Cooled. Pls help me make a decission. I want the best engine that will work well with a 72' deck and have the most power.:blob4:

David Gretzmier
12-18-2001, 01:02 AM
kaw. ez pz japaneezee. 27 kaw lifetime 2500+hours. kohler lifetime 800-1500 hours.

Kent Lawns
12-18-2001, 01:05 AM
Having both about the best input I can give is:

It's a coin toss and you can't go wrong with either.

Both are reliable, dependable and fuel efficient.

Like about 26efi:
Starts easy with no choke.
Lighter machine.

Like about 27lc:
Quiter with longer engine life.

A Kohler will last 2000 hours at least. We have most of ours last 2500.

12-18-2001, 08:06 AM
Having a 26EFI but not a Kawi I still would say to ask yourself how you are gonna use the machine every day.
I'm thinking that if you have a lot of hot days and you are running this big deck for 6 or 7 hours straight 4 or 5 days a week then I would have to go with something liquid cooled.

The 26EFI is a great motor and I certainly have not found the opportunity to put it to that type of test. It is good on fuel, has good power and is relatively trouble free. I had 1 bump with a bad fuel pump but I believe that those problems are gone on the new ones. Just my opinion, Good Luck.

12-18-2001, 06:01 PM
David, 800-1500 hours? Maybe if maintnance is not preformed often enough. my last rider had a kohlor magnum 20hp that had 3,000 hours when I sold it. I know many with kohlors with 3500-4,000 hours on them. It all comes down to proper maintance.

12-18-2001, 06:16 PM
Thank you, Evan. You chose the words that I would have said also. This is a tough call between the two, since both are sweet motors. I can't say as much about the LC, as I din't have one, but a friend of mine does. He loves it. I can speak for the EFI though, and it is one bad unit. I run mine all day in the high heat, and it works just great. I CAN tell you this, the EFI has a bit more power than the LC. We have ran these side by side, traded on and of, and proven it with both agreeing over and over.