View Full Version : Kawa or Koh. on a 36 to 48" wb

soccer coach
09-16-2002, 10:47 AM
I have done a looked on the site for info but mainly find info on the bigger engines. I have always had Kaw. in the past as well as my Dad but thought I would see if the Koh. had more low end.

09-16-2002, 11:10 AM
The kawi's make more torque.

09-16-2002, 12:49 PM
If your looking for a Gear drive check out the new Gravely Pro G models (2002 year) 13hp v twin Kaw, I just picked a 36" one up for 2000.00
with mulching kit, they are built like tanks.

Dan the lawn care man:)

soccer coach
09-16-2002, 02:27 PM
Gravely is built like a tank. The only problem is the dealer and unless they have changed from pistol grips that is an automatic no sale for me. My Dr. thinks that style of control causes alot of the forearm trouble with the lawn guys that go to him.

09-16-2002, 02:41 PM
No argument from me about the grips, I only will use it about 2-3 hrs a week tops, I could not turn done the price, I have 2 dealers within 25 miles from me. I believe they will make a change on the 2003 models from pistol grips. I looked at a toro, but could not match this price and it had a 12.5 Briggs, I will take in order a kaw, koh and as a last choice a briggs.

Dan the lawn care man


soccer coach
09-16-2002, 03:57 PM
If they change from pistol grips I'm going to look very hard even thought my dealer is a joke. He does good work it's just we have some bad blood over another machine. He is great guy until you bring in a warranty claim. Dad and I are done with him but maybe I could buy out of state and save the tax:D After all if he won't warranty anything anyway it won't matter who I buy from. I don't understand the manufactures letting some of these guys represent the product line the way they do.

Richard Martin
09-16-2002, 03:58 PM
The air cleaners on Kawasakis leave a lot to be desired. Enginaire (Enginaire Kohler filter page - click here (http://www.enginaire.com/serv01.htm)) makes a sweet housing for the 11 to 15 horse Kohler engines. Until Kawasaki gets their act together and makes a decent air cleaner I'm not buying anymore engines from them.

09-16-2002, 06:48 PM
If the pistol grips are a problem, then I'd look into a Hustler hydro, an Exmark ECS, or a Great Dane Scamper. All are good machines and you should consider.

Lance L
09-16-2002, 08:21 PM
the ecs controls are SOOOO easy on the hands(on a hydro atleast)

09-16-2002, 08:51 PM
ECS is awesome. I like them alot. For the engine question, I would say Kawi. They run smoother (less vibration) are a little easier to start (so I've heard) and they put out more torque. I looked at a Toro 36" that is 2 years old with a 15 Kohler that was a single cylinder. Don't know if I'd want a single cylinder. That was an older model, so I don't know if they still make a single anymore.

09-16-2002, 09:05 PM
H-O-N-D-A !!!!

I do like the oil alerts on 'em.

09-16-2002, 10:53 PM
Kaw has more torq than the kohler. I have a 48" exmark metro with the 15hp kohler single cyl and wish it was the kaw 15 twin. Spend the extra few bucks and get the kawa 15 hp twin or 17 hp twin. my kohler bogs down alot in thick grass with my mulch kit. I mainly cut bermuda yards and when they get real thick and just alittle tall the motor drops rpms fast. I have run a 14hp kaw and it seemed to have just alittle more power the my 15 kohler.

My vote. get the kaw twin.


visions landscape
09-16-2002, 11:37 PM
I have been testing a WALKER WALK BEHIND for WALKER this past year. The machine has a 15 kaw that has great power, but the air cleaner system is not up to par when you have been used to kolhers