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Done with Kawasaki engines

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

  1. tony b

    tony b LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    Just asking? Why did B&S enter into something called "the mitsubishi agreement" after having trouble with daihatsu?
     
  2. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,685

    While neither were/are "German engineering, Mitsubishi made the single cylinder motors, never the twin cylinders. Read the manual.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2013
  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,852

    Sorry, I just saw this, but Echo gave you the answer to your question. Last year or the year before I posted a few links on here somewhere that contained all the info you could ever want about this subject. I just don't have a clue where to search for them now.

    The twin cylinder Vanguards are highly regarded engines with well deserved reputations, and if given a choice, would always be my first pick even though I am a Kawi fan.
     
  4. tony b

    tony b LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    Thanks for the info. We always use vanguards for replacement and usually get 3 times the service.
     
  5. VotteroLandscapeCont

    VotteroLandscapeCont LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    I'm glad to see I am it the only one having a bad experience with Kawi engines. I wish I would have came across this post 3 weeks ago.

    I decided to go out and get myself a new 52" Exmark Pioneer with the 23HP FR691V Kawi engine. To my displeasure, a week after buying the new mower with Kawi engine, my BobCat 52" ProCat engine,19hp kawasaki fh580v-bs45, had seized with only 765 hours on it and 2 weeks out of warranty. If only I waited a bit longer for the new mower, I wouldn't have gotten one with a Kawi.

    Regardless, I now have the new rider which is going well for now and I want to replace the engine on my BobCat. The exact model is kawasaki fh580v-bs45. Can anyone help me find a simalar Kohler or Briggs engine that will make for an easy swap out? I appreciate your help in advanced.
     
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,852

    Look up a member here named Retrodog. He is a mower dealer and a heck of a good guy that goes out of his way to help folks. If anyone would know the right answer for you, it'd probably be him.
     
  7. VotteroLandscapeCont

    VotteroLandscapeCont LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    I appreciate such a quick reply and I appreciate the advice. I am glad i found this site, its nice to see others are willing to take the time to help random people.
     
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,852

    Happy to help. I should be sleeping, but I have a touch of insomnia lately so I'm still up reading here.:)

    Here's a link to a post by him. Click on his name and it will open a drop down that should say send PM to Retrodog, then click that. Since you are so new, I'm not sure you can send a PM yet, but if not, just quote him and post when the window opens up. He'll see it sooner or later (usually sooner) and reply-

    http://www.lawnsite.com/showpost.php?p=4823915&postcount=51
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013
  9. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    Sorry to hear about your Kawasaki . How does the new Pioneer compare to the Bobcat, does it stick on hills? Im ordering the 60" with the Kohler and mulch kit. I can't find one to look at other than the video on the website which helps a lot.
     
  10. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    oopps double post.
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2013

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