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Old 08-22-2001, 01:26 AM
LAWNGODFATHER LAWNGODFATHER is offline
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As being an expert

Most of us should be experts in small engine repair by now.

But one the other side with all the abuse and stuff IMHO the Kaw. has not been true tested on these new ZTR's and high power hydro walk behinds

Kaw. is still relatively new to the comm. mowing market with their new engines they introduced in the last 2 years. the v-twins

As far as fixing the small engines I have no problem doing that. If all else fails I go to the dealer for service

As far as longevity Kohler has proved theirselves well.

As far as choosing an engine for your mower that's up to the manufacturers to do. I have seen a lot of them not offering choices any more. So soon you will have to choose a mower that comes with the engine you want.

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Old 08-22-2001, 01:47 AM
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We use these engines daily, so who is the expert? Someone running an engine 200, 500 or 1000 hours a year? I think so! And yes we do all have various likes and dislikes for engines. Doesn't make 1 right and the other wrong, but the 2000 hours club does speak well for certain brands. With that in mind I'd like an engine which will last. Don't we all? So yes, we are experts because we work on the engines, maintain the engines, and use them in a way that let's us tell others which are good and which are bad.
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Old 08-22-2001, 01:50 AM
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Originally posted by LoneStarLawn
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.

You decide.

You might want to do a search on this since this has been discussed many times.
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Old 08-22-2001, 06:37 AM
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Thanks Gator you brought up one other point I forgot.

In my biz it takes less than 2 seasons to put 2000hrs on a machine.

With that said some one give me a Kaw on a mower and I will see if it can do it . Then I may endorse it.

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Old 09-20-2001, 10:57 PM
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i would for sure go with the kawasaki. I have a husqvarna with a 25 horse kawasaki and its really strong. I heard that a 23 horse kaw will out power a 25 horse kohler.
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Old 09-21-2001, 07:15 AM
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I have both engines and have had problems with both. I think there is good and bad in both, IMHO.
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Old 09-22-2001, 05:30 PM
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Get Kolhler

Hi! My way of thinking I would get the Kolhler. Why? Hydro. Lifters never need adjusting, which means all you do is external stuff(plugs,oil,filters) Kawi needs adjusting every 300 hrs. Plus how many people really totally wear out an engine? NONE! Just something to think about. Andy.
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Old 09-22-2001, 09:28 PM
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Andy,the lifters on a Kohler may never need adjusting,but they sure do tick like they do.At least with 1/2 hr of time,you could quiet a kawi's lifters,the kohler's only get quiet when they feel like it.Mine feel quiet about 75% of the time,and tick like mad the other 25% of the time.
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Old 09-22-2001, 10:21 PM
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:blob3: i have 12 mowers with kohlers, some with 3000 hrs onn them, most of the 12 gave me little to no problems, i'm also very good w/ mait., air filters weekly and oil every 50 hrs, i also throw a shot of marvels in the tank once a month. i have one kawi, 19 hp on my lazer, though it's a great engine i've had a breather problem, ever since the machine hit 30 hrs, my dealer has received kits from kawi and so on, but kawi seems to feel like they make a flawless product, i quess im trying to say is that im surprised at how poor their support is. T
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Old 09-22-2001, 10:25 PM
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Although I would choose a Kawasaki engine over a Kohler, I don't think kohler is all that bad. Just because they make faucets, doesn't mean they make bad engines.
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