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21" toro-Suzuki, 6hp kaw, or the new 6.5 kaw?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lonnie, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. lonnie

    lonnie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 317

    I currently have a 5.5 suzuki and I love it, but I was looking to get another one and I wanted to get some opinions on these engines. Should I look for another suzuki and possibly pay a little more or should I look at the kawasaki's? The new kawa has the big gas tank like the suzuki and a bigger a cleaner. Oh yea, about the honda engine, I'm not really considering them seeing as they are more costly and I think the kawa is just as good.
  2. Gabriel Turf

    Gabriel Turf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

  3. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,167

    I was having the same debate. I currently have the 6 hp Kawasaki on my Toro Proline and love it. That engine is wonderful. The Suzuki 2 stroke is terrific as well but it is no longer being produced so if you can get go for it. From what I understand, the new engines on the prolines are:

    1. A new 6.5 hp Kawasaki, rated at 179 cc which is a bit bigger than the 153 cc of the current 6 hp model and this engine apparently also has the large gas tank.

    2. The 163 cc Honda GX 5.5 hp motor, another beautiful engine too.

    Much as I like the Honda, I would not get it simply because the price is too much. Here, in Canada, I was quoted prices of
    $1 664 for a BBC Honda proline and $1450 for the Kawasaki version, so why pay the extra dollars?
  4. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 2,222

    Joed, $1399 for the Suzuki 5.5hp. As far as I know I got all the last stock of the non BBC Suzuki's in Toronto distribution on order.
  5. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 720

    ***Much as I like the Honda, I would not get it simply because the price is too much. Here, in Canada, I was quoted prices of
    $1 664 for a BBC Honda proline and $1450 for the Kawasaki version, so why pay the extra dollars? ***

    A $214 (Canadian) premium for the Honda engine? Doesn't seem worth it to me. I like Honda engines, but Kawasaki's engines aren't much of step down.

    There's an old saying: 200 bucks is 200 bucks.

    Anyone else get quoted this price differential?
  6. lonnie

    lonnie LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 317

    I found a place here in oklahoma city that has the suzuki non bbc for $899 this month. Also alamia.com has the suzuki for something like $980 with free shipping.
  7. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,403

    If you think Consumers Union is non-biased I have some swampland here to sell you. They are considered very liberal in some of their slants on things. I read an article somewhere a while back that they had to make some internal changes because it'd gone too far into advocacy and subscriptions had fallen off as people felt they could no longer trust their objectivity.

    Oh yeah, and if you think you're getting the whole story on the matter by going to the website of one of the litigants in the matter, I have bridge to sell you too.

    There were some errors made by both parties. It was in the news for years. CR exaggerated some of the criticisms and test results, that's what the suit was about.

  8. craglawnmanor

    craglawnmanor LawnSite Member
    Posts: 136

    At least in the motorcycle world, Kawasaki and Suzuki now share technology, etc. (A type of merger agreement). Mainly dirtbikes, but they are now sharing tech on streetbikes also.
    There are a few models this year (from both companies) that are are actually rebadged models of the other company.
    So Gabriel Turf, be careful before you spend your dollars in the future-you might be getting a Suzuki with the Kawasaki badge on it!
  9. ckelly

    ckelly LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    Don't forget the convenience of only having to carry one gas can....50:1 2-Cycle! Fill the big machines up in the am, they'll go all day, weed eaters, backpack blowers, 21's, etc. are thirsty and have to be filled lots. Also...the Suzi's are awesome engines, easy to work on, low maintenance, last forever. I'm sure the Kaw's are great as well, but that 2 cycle is hard to beat. Just my .02 worth.
  10. kels

    kels LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 280

    i like not having to change the oil in my suzuki

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