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Old 07-10-2009, 10:30 PM
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Kawasaki versus Honda

I don't know if i want a kawasaki or a Honda motor on my next mower. I am buying an eastman commercial. The Kawasaki is FJ180V and the Honda is XV160. What motor would you suggest??

Thanks. I believe the Honda is a little bit more.

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Electronic spark ignition
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Dual element air cleaner
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Cast Iron cylinder liner and chrome plated piston rings
Large sealed fan

Honda:
Transistorized magneto ignition
Horizontal type butterfly valve carburator
Forced splash lubrication
Dual element Air Cleaner
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:51 PM
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In my opinion.

Kawasaki's are found on a lot of good commercial equipment, and have earned there way to one of the top engine choices if the not the top most lawn maintenance guys want to have swinging there blades.

Of course in your case....

I have no idea what model kawi that is, and what an eastman mower is.
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:23 AM
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BladeScape The model of the kawasaki is FJ 180V

Link to eastman commercial mowers.

http://www.hovermower.com/wm20k.htm

This is the one that i was mainly leaning towards.
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:26 AM
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Links to the motors

Honda:

http://www.honda-engines.com/engines/gxv160.htm

Kawasaki:

http://www.kawpowr.com/engines/detail.aspx?id=30

Both are 6 hp i believe.
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Old 07-11-2009, 07:46 AM
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I have a Snapper CRP216019KWV with the Kawasaki. I also have a commercial Honda 21". The only advantage in the Honda, for me, is the engine is quieter. The FJ180 is stronger and if you'l be cutting slopes, ditches, etc. the Kawasaki has the oil pump. Either engine will serve you well but my vote goes to Kawasaki.
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Old 07-11-2009, 11:39 AM
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I have never used a kawasaki on a 21, but I have used a honda the honda is junk
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:30 PM
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I've had both engines you speak of. I have used the honda gxv160 on a toro proline and a honda commercial unit. I've also used the kawasaki FJV180 on a toro. The honda is quieter, more fuel-efficient, less maintenance (due to the lack of an oil filter) but not as powerful as the kawasaki. I currently have a kawasaki FJV180 KAI series engine on my 2008 exmark metro 21". This is the best engine. It's quieter, smoother running and more fuel efficient than the original kawasaki FJV180 that was on a lot of the toro/exmark 21" built from 2004 to 2007.
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Old 07-11-2009, 04:12 PM
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I have Honda push mowers and they work good the thing that i like the most is no matter what they always start on the very first pull. As for kawasaki I've never used them.
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Old 07-11-2009, 09:15 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mowerdude777 View Post
I have never used a kawasaki on a 21, but I have used a honda the honda is junk
First off this guy as no idea what he is saying !!!!!!!!!!!!




Both are good on my 21's they are all Honda !!!
on my bigger mowers they are both Honda and KAW's
love them all I even have a Honda trimmer that's a brute when I need it !!(But love REDMax blowers and trimmers )all other presser washers, mixers,sump pumps generators go to Honda , Even my bed edger is a Honda.
But I have never run a KAW on a 21 . But I like both brands!!
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:48 PM
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I've had both engines you speak of. I have used the honda gxv160 on a toro proline and a honda commercial unit. I've also used the kawasaki FJV180 on a toro. The honda is quieter, more fuel-efficient, less maintenance (due to the lack of an oil filter) but not as powerful as the kawasaki. I currently have a kawasaki FJV180 KAI series engine on my 2008 exmark metro 21". This is the best engine. It's quieter, smoother running and more fuel efficient than the original kawasaki FJV180 that was on a lot of the toro/exmark 21" built from 2004 to 2007.
How do you like the Exmark Metro 21".


Is there any 21" mower that you would suggest??

This is my primary mower right now. I am working on building up accounts and equipment. I do a lot of small yards.

I don't mind spending $800 or so for a good quality mower. I want to have one for a long time.

Thanks for all of the responses!!
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