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Fuel Consumption gas vs. diesel

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ace56320, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. ace56320

    ace56320 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    I am considering switching form kohler's ch745 27hp engine to kubota's d902 25hp diesel, if I can save some money. Can any tell me what the gph ratings are on these engines?:confused:
  2. mowtech

    mowtech LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    At maximum horsepower output--

    Kohler CH745 27hp will burn approximately 2.2 gph
    Kubota D902 25hp will burn approximately 1.7 gph

    Of course in normal mowing conditions both would burn considerably less with an increased fuel efficiency advantage to the Kubota engine.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    The cost over a diesiel to gas is high diesiel's run longer is it worth it seems breathing the diesiel fumes all day would give you a headache.
  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,140

    What I really want to know is why does these small engines burn so much fuel? My 350 hp camaro SS gets 31 mpg but a my 23hp kawi burns 1 1/2 gallons per hour? Something doesnt seem right here. I understand that my camaro isnt maintaining a 3,600 rpm engine speed but the smaller engines shouldnt burn so much fuel.
  5. probe1957

    probe1957 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    I think that's a good question. I suspect it has to do with the power to weight ratio, but I have no idea.
  6. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    Why are my numbers giving me 1.05 Gal/hour on a 27HP Kohler air cooled?

    I filled up the Z full & a 6 gallon tank at 250.7 HRS.

    Now I just filled up again, the Z and the 6 gallon tank again and it was 18.349 gallons.

    Now I have 268.1 HRS on the Z.

    If i'm doing my math right, that means I used the Kohler for 17.4 HRS on 18.349 gallons which gives me 1.05 gal/hr???

    What am I doing wrong?
  7. mowtech

    mowtech LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 252

    Probably nothing. Around 1 gallon per hour is a fairly typical average consumption rate for a Z mower. ProStreetCamaro's number of 1-1/2 gph seems high unless he is mowing in heavy conditions with a lot of hills. My number for the 27 hp of 2.2 gph is if the engine ran continuously at maximum horsepower. No one runs anywhere near maximum horsepower all the time.
  8. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,140

    I am giveing an average. This 23 kawi sucks fuel down worse than anything I have ever owned. Its between 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 gallons per hour which is high IMO.
  9. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,442

    when I had the 27hp kohler with the triton exmark for the month it was using almost 2 gallons an hour, right around 1.75-1.8 gallons an hour.

    28efi is using a hair under 1 gph, about .8-.85 I love it.
  10. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,491

    I switched from a 27/52 Super Z to a 28EFI/60 Super Z this year. I never measured the difference but it seems/feels like the 28EFI uses half of the fuel that the 27 did. I'm soooooooo glad I got the 28EFI.

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