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Anyone catch this. Hustler will use only Kawasaki engines

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Keith, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    That only applies to most of their mid mounts and the TrimStar. The Fastrac Superduty can still be bought with a Honda engine.

    Dixie Chopper learned the errors of only allowing one engine brand across a complete lineup. People such as myself that prefer other engines will pass on the Big Dog and Hustler mowers because they're only available with Kaw engines now.
     
  3. maelawncare

    maelawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 418

    Its a dumb move if you ask me. There are a lot of people who don't like Kawasaki. I prefer kohler engines myself. But Hustler didn't leave me a choice.
     
  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    I don't like not having a choice either... It would seem like I'm buying something I have no control over.
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  5. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,828

    The Briggs Vanguard Big Block should really be on Super Z's. IMO over 25hp it's the best engine.
     
  6. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 355

    Kohler is a much better engine than Kawasaki. I've had so many problems with Kawasakis, and none with Kohlers. I just keep getting deals on new Kaws...
     
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,862

    I'm just the opposite. I've had trouble with Kohler and none with Kawi. I'll pass on a machine if the only engine I can get in it is a Kohler. I'd really like to start seeing the Vanguard engines being offered much more in all brands.
     
  8. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,321

    I've had the opposite luck.
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  9. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,743

    My kohlers always have smoked since the day they were new. At least 4-5 times a week we will start them and they will send off huge plumes of grey smoke...kohler says its ok...I don't think its acceptable.

    that and the backfiring is annoying! (25hp kohlers)
     
  10. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    I have run Kohler in the past and they all backfire when turned off. I guess you have to idle down for a min or 2 to stop this from happening. Kaw will never backfire no matter when turned off.
     

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