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Old 04-09-2014, 05:17 PM
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Which motor for a 2014 Scag Cheetah?

I'm looking into a Cheetah and I just wanted to know what opinions were out there on the Kawasaki, Briggs and Straton, and Kohler?

What have you heard is a good one to use? Either horsepower is fine, I just need reliability most of all and one that can turn many hours with few problems.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:20 PM
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Didn't know a Cheetah had a Briggs option?
You interested in the Kohler EFI?
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:33 PM
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Didn't know a Cheetah had a Briggs option?
You interested in the Kohler EFI?
Sure, I'm open to all, just wanted to know what everyone heard was best?
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:01 PM
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I would go with the kohler efi 34hp or carb kohler 34hp.

I think the efi version isn't that much more than the regular from what I've seen online.

the kawi engines and the big briggs will drink too much gas. the kohler 34hp is plenty of power. all you will ever need. even the kawi 31hp uses more gas than the kohler 34hp carb motor. plus on the kohlers you don't ever have to mess with adjusting the valves. also the oil filter is on top of the engine for easy acess. no more trying to get your hand way down in there on the side to change out an oil filter.

kohler has it figured out. the others are far behind in my book. I love my john deere z920a but i'm not crazy about the kawi engine on it. next mower I get will for sure have a kohler engine on it. I want a cheetah too
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:02 PM
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I'd go for the Vanguard, no question. I like EFI, but am not a fan of Kohler anymore. I may come back around to them some day, but it is not today.............
Besides, the Kohler 34 EFI is really a 31.9. they still won't be straight up honest with their numbers. You have to dig into the actual specs to find the real number.
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Old 04-09-2014, 10:31 PM
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Kohler EFI. We run 26 hp Kawi carbed and 29 EFI Kohler on 52s. So far both have been very good engines but the Kohler EFI is a closed loop system which is very efficient on fuel. Also, F.I. engines start easier. Not that the Kawi is hard to start, but it does need a little choke to get it to fire right off. The Kohler...just turn the key.

I see no reason to get a beast engine in a finish mower. We cut a customers field that was about 3 1/2 feet tall and a 26 Kawi plowed right through it no problem. I would be more concerned with fuel economy in an engine than getting max hp.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:07 AM
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I did use a loaner JD mower with a 27hp kohler efi for a few days last year. it ran super smooth and cranked right up.

my 26hp(23.5hp) kawi runs smooth for awhile then the valves start rattling. they get loose way before the recommended 300hr valve adjustment. they may last 150-200hrs before they get loose. also I had a bent pushrod at 299hrs. it was replaced under warranty though. it's not that kawi makes a bad engine. they are just high maintenance. kohler you just do oil and filter changes and that's it. the efi is just an added bonus.

the 27hp efi kohler was about the same on gas as my kawi engine. it had a tad more torque to it though.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:10 AM
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Also I should have added this, it is between a 31 Kawasaki, 34 Kohler, and a 36 Briggs and Stratton Vanguard.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:23 AM
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Vanguard, hands down.
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Old 04-10-2014, 12:26 AM
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Also, any word on GPH comparisons with these 3. I've narrowed it down to the Vanguard and the kawasaki.

From my research it looks like the Vanguards get between 1.8-2 GPH and the Kawasakis get around 1.7 GPH. Correct me if I am wrong?
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