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Old 08-18-2001, 12:11 PM
Eric ELM Eric ELM is offline
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Originally posted by dmk395
I talked to my dealer, he says Kawasaki is the Cadillac of mower engines, thus this choice is easy.
Why isn't there one Kaw engine listed in the 2000 hour club thread that LGF gave the link to in his last post here? I have not heard of any Kaw's going very long. I know a guy that used to use Kaw engines and the most he got out of them was 1400 hours before they blew. A Kohler is just getting broke in good at 1400 hours.

How many hours do you have on your Kaw's?
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:15 PM
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How was my statement rude....I was just stating fact (I even have a winking smilie...WOW some people sure do miss read things). They do make faucets...don't they.
I never stated my opinion in my thread ...I just gave facts.

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Old 08-18-2001, 12:24 PM
fdew fdew is offline
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>I have said this before so I will say it again.
>Let's see.
>One is made from a company that has a long history
> in motorcycles, boats, jetski's (alot of small engines things)
>The other is a maker of faucets.

and started making high quality engines before 1920. Many of there engine used in light plants (generators) from the 1920 30s and 40 are still powering lights in remote camps and cottages. They built engines for garden tractors for as long as there have been garden tractors. and they are made in USA.

From the Kaw web site "
Hard work and a dream. That's what established American Kawasaki Motorcycle Corp. way back in March of 1966

Kaw may be a great engine, I don't know, but history I don't think so.

1926 Kohler
1948 Kohler
1965 Kohler
1998 Kohler

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It is not going to get us where we are going.
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:29 PM
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The kawi motors are ok. But when you have a problem don't expect much help from kawi. And don't be in any hurry to get the right part in. Just be ready to be down a couple of days. I will go back to kohlers next time. I own 3 kawis and only 1 has never had a problem. The others were not BIG problems but took forever to get them back in operation.
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Old 08-18-2001, 01:43 PM
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Avoid the Kawi 19-23hp Vertical shaft.

When they come out of the box, it has a tag on it which states "Maintenance free service life 1000 hours"

They're right. We had one fail at 1048 hours - no warranty of course.

The 23hp verticlal shaft (we have 4) seems to have recurring carb problems.

Of the 6 Kohler 23hp we have, they have been totally trouble free.

19hp+ Kawasaki = LC only.
23hp & 26efi Kohler = Great engines.
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Old 08-18-2001, 09:46 PM
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I,m a Kawasaki Fan. Smoother and definely quieter. On the Kohler side a good personal friend of mine works for Kohler and he tells me that (the 26 hp EFI has saved them) his words. I like the Kohler engines but I really wish they would work on the NOISE. I haven't really been a fan of the EFI from the begining because of the price ( $900+ ) of the computer on board, Didn't think I'd find on laying around at a dealers if I needed one. I'll try to give Kohler the credit they deserve of trying to take care of their engines and their customers. Kohler 26 EFI, maybe in the future.
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Old 08-18-2001, 10:05 PM
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Old 08-18-2001, 10:25 PM
keith@a1 lawn keith@a1 lawn is offline
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thanks for the replies, i'm kinda still undecided, but i'm buying something in the next week or so.

thanks again, keith
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Old 08-20-2001, 11:18 PM
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I've got one more plug for a Kohler. A company in Iowa recently traded in a carpet cleaning unit with a CH25 Kohler. The engine had a documented 7000 hours. The only repair that was done was to replace both ignition modules and a rocker arm kit very early in its life. No overhaul, re ring or any other major work. I know carpet cleaning vans aren't in the dirt, but have you seen were they put the engine and imagine what type of heat factors they may run across. Not bad hours for the "dreaded" 25.
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Old 08-21-2001, 10:38 PM
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I dont have nearly 2000 hours on my Kawis. Nonetheless when asking any question about any subject I always value the opinion of an expert. To me an expert in this field would be one whom has worked on small engines for the past 25 years.
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