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Done with Kawasaki engines

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by ddixon7, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,925

    I thought for sure this thread was going to be about kawis big blocks. I have a 19hp and a 24hp kawi with no problems yet. One has 300 hours the other 225. They don't use a drop of oil and they start better than my 34hp kohler. They do love the gas!! I'll keep a eye out for these problems.
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  2. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 459

    My Kohlers used to backfire but then a mechanic told me it was due to me turning the machine off at idle. He said you should drop the throttle to 75% only... no lower... and then turn it off. Works like a charm - no more backfire.
  3. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    These engines also suck in debris through the top cooling fan and all that sticks to the oil causing your engine to overheat.
  4. Marshmallow

    Marshmallow LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Posts: 329

    Yes the manual says to start and stop engine at half throttle.
  5. 7 IRON

    7 IRON LawnSite Member
    from VT
    Posts: 228

    What's a manual?:drinkup:
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,132

    I'm just the opposite. I like Kawi's and have always had good luck with them. I will do my best to avoid ever having another kohler. My last two both sucked and the very last one drank oil like a wino sucks down ripple, and backfired like PSC described his Kawi doing. Plus, it looked like a mosquito fogger on start up. I used to be a big fan of Kohlers, but not anymore. :nono: You fella's can have them.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,956

    I feel the same way and seem to be a minority. I like Kawi when it comes time to work on them. Kohler have a learning curve and particulars that don't lend them to even an experienced mechanic. Speaking of experienced mechanics, shops are getting mighty short on them. They have a ton of 8 buck part changers but very few diagnostic specialists.
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  8. Mt. Zion Lawn Care

    Mt. Zion Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    Discovered oil leak on my 19hp kawasaki. Progressivly getting worse, coming from back of motor. I'm at 1163 hours.
  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,007

    Ive got 1200 hours on a 16hp Fh480 and the crank has 1/16" play, the starter hammers the flywheel and I think Im having timing problems. Im not real thrilled about the darn thing only lasting 1200 hours.
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,923

    Maybe something in this thread will help with diagnosis,


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