Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
View Poll Results: Favorite Small Engine
B&S 15 8.15%
Kohler 32 17.39%
Honda 54 29.35%
Kawasaki 74 40.22%
Other 9 4.89%
Voters: 184. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 12-17-2008, 08:38 PM
STIHL GUY's Avatar
STIHL GUY STIHL GUY is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 5,157
kawasaki gets my vote
__________________
2005 Chevrolet 2500HD LS 4x4 6.0L
8' Fisher MM Snowplow
6.5' x 14' Big Tex Open Trailer
61'' Scag V-Ride 29 HP Kawi
48" Exmark Lazer Z HP
48'' Bobcat Ransome Mower
21'' Husqvarna Mower
Stihl FS55R Weedwacker
Stihl FS100RX Weedwacker
Stihl BR600 Backpack Blower
Stihl MS180C Chainsaw
Giant Vac Walk Behind Blower
Kawasaki KHT600S Hedge Trimmer
Giant Vac 16HP Leaf Loader
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 12-30-2008, 11:58 AM
Den69RS96 Den69RS96 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Sturbridge, MA
Posts: 96
I have 25hp Kohler on my Cub Cadet GT3235 tractor that is the best small engine I own hands down. Next I would say its a tie between the 8hp Tecumsah on my snow blower, the Subaru 5.7hp engine on my pressure washer, and the 10hp B&S intek on my chipper. Next is the 18hp vanguard on my generator. If it didn't blow smoke just at start up, I would have put it right behind the Kohler. The 5hp Honda gx is my least favorite engine. It runs good and I've had no problems with it, but its a pain to start when temps drop below 50 for fall clean up.
__________________
Sthil BR550
STihl BG55
Stihl MS046
Stihl MS361
Stihl MS250
Stihl KM110
Cub Cadet GT3235
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 12-30-2008, 12:39 PM
White Gardens's Avatar
White Gardens White Gardens is online now
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bloomington IL
Posts: 6,738
When I used to work for a company that owned nothing but dixies, I fell in love with the Generac engine.
__________________
White Gardens On Facebook.......WG Thread......Greencare For Troops......... mywhitegardens.com(under construction)

2005- Completion of University of Illinois Master Gardner's Program.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 12-30-2008, 01:13 PM
Greenleaf Lawns Greenleaf Lawns is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Wichita, Ks
Posts: 59
wisconsin robin

can not kill em, unfortunately snapper quit using them...
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 12-31-2008, 10:50 PM
02DURAMAX's Avatar
02DURAMAX 02DURAMAX is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Hanover Park, IL
Posts: 3,805
Kawasaki or honda!!!

Kohler makes sinks!
__________________
CAMPOS & SONS LANDSCAPING INC.
2004 GMC Sierra 2500HD DURAMAX/ALLISON 151,000 Miles
2006 Chevy Silverado 3500 DURAMAX/ALLISON 55,000 Miles
2004 Chevy C4500 W/12' Monroe Dump DURAMAX/ALLISON 105,000 Miles
2008 Royal Cargo 8.5'x18' Trailer

SCAG & ECHO POWER EQUIPMENT

"While your Strokin and Cummin.. I'll be takin your girl to the Max"
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 01-01-2009, 12:02 AM
Green Team Landscaping's Avatar
Green Team Landscaping Green Team Landscaping is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Amherst, NH
Posts: 1,089
For dirtbikes, Kawasaki.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 01-05-2009, 08:42 PM
mowzilla's Avatar
mowzilla mowzilla is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: catersville, ga
Posts: 168
i have had good service out of briggs i/c's ( go ahead and laugh) got one with 2000hrs on it on a toro 36 that still runs like a top. i absolutely love the torque of the kohler command/command pro ( feel its stronger than a kawasaki) but the kawasaki's run soo smooth and seem bulletproof.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 02-14-2009, 11:31 PM
Fuller Lawn Care's Avatar
Fuller Lawn Care Fuller Lawn Care is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 54
35 horse CAT diesel in the bad boymowers i wish i could afford one
__________________
Fuller Lawn Care
(931)626-1081

2003 Ford F-350 6.0
6.5x12 landscape trailer
2001 Exmark Lazer Z 60
2009 Sthil BR600
2009 Stihll FS90
Green machine trimmer
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 02-25-2009, 04:23 PM
Service 1st Lawn Care Service 1st Lawn Care is online now
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 577
Honda's been very good for us.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 07-31-2009, 10:15 PM
mowzilla's Avatar
mowzilla mowzilla is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: catersville, ga
Posts: 168
well now that i own a kohler, and have used it a while, i'd say between the combination of owning a kohler 19, and using a 2500+hour command pro sp on my exmark at my other job(i work as a supervisor for another company 4 days a week, work for myself 2-3 days a week) , and having used kawasaki's 15-25 hp, i'd say my favorite is kohler hands down, second briggs (older i/c, newer intek/vanguard) , last tie-kawasaki/honda..

my 1988 12.5hp briggs i/c on my toro proline has Never, never let me down and runs as good today as it did it 1988.. don't use any oil, and other than rebuilding the rewind starter has never had a bolt cracked on it..and honestly this mower will hang with any 36 exmark with a kawasaki that i have used at any time( have used several different exmarks) .....

and i am not kind to zero turns, every exmark that i have used that is kohler powered just kicks butt on high grass and running it hard and fast everyday...they just take it.. the mower fails before the engine..

and i know that i own a "wannabe lazer z or toro zmaster " for my company (riverbend) , but i run it as hard as i do any other zero turn.. from bushogging rough stuff to manicured bermuda, i have been impressed by kohler's performance time after time.. and 4 days a week i work for one of the best companies on the planet, and the lazer z i use there really gets hammered..and i have cut insanely high grass with it ( and a kawasaki powered john deere at my last company-t((((g(((n) and it kicks butt..

i am not saying a kawasaki is bad, they are far from it.. but hp for hp the kohler , to me, is much stouter..

the stoutest v twin by far though is the generac like dixie chopper uses, but they love gas..
__________________
Owner- Riverbend Landscape Service
Cartersville,GA
2012 GMC Sierra 3500 dually
Walker MT 26 EFI GHS
Walker MBV
Exmark Commercial 30
Exmark Commercial 21 AS
Exmark Metro 26
Echo Stuff:
PAS 280 w/shears,edger/trimmer/powerpruner/brush blade
PE280 edger
SRM-280T, SRM 230
HC 150 Shears
CS370 chain saw
Stihl MS290 Farm Boss
Echo PB 770T blower
Redmax EBZ8500 blower
Shindaiwa M242 w/ pole shears and trimmer head
Billy Goat F902S blower and KV600 VAC

Last edited by mowzilla; 07-31-2009 at 10:25 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:16 PM.

Page generated in 0.11404 seconds with 9 queries