Kawasaki versus Honda

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Ben's Landscape, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I really like my REDMAX trimmer and blower. What models do you have??

    I got the 8001 BP and the 2610 trimmer.
     
  2. yarddawgsllc

    yarddawgsllc LawnSite Member
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    We have a Honda and Kawasaki and to be honest you can't go wrong with either one. We have had both for 3 seasons now and neither have ever failed to start or had any type of failures. I would go by price if one is cheaper than the other. If not flip a coin or go with your gut. You won't be disappointed either way.
     
  3. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
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    I get hondas on everything that I can.

    Quiet, reliable and bulletproof when you compare them to most others.

    Kawasaki makes a good engine however they are very sensitive to maintenance and most are not rebuildable.

    I find a lot of ZTRs with kawis, if the oil goes low or goes too long between oil changes they wipe out the top bearing of the engine. May not be something that you think about now with a new one, but I see it all the time and when that happens the engine is junk.
     
  4. Mike's LawnCare Landscape

    Mike's LawnCare Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 7001 ebz and later same year I got the 8001.
    I have the lite weight trimmer and a mid size one . dont know the # off hand .

    tr2301s 9lb perfect for weekly trimming
    i think the bigger one is the bcz2610s or the bcz3001s wooks good for clean ups !!
     
  5. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I love my 2008 Exmark metro 21". Reliable, productive, good mulcher and bagger and fuel efficient.

    Would also reccomend the toro version or the honda (hrx217 or commercial). I've seen a few of the new lawnboy commercial units with the honda gsv engine. They look good too.
     
  6. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I looked at the exmark metro 21". If you don't mind me asking what you paid for it?? My dealer wanted:

    1200 for the metro non propelled and with the 6 hp kaw. i believe

    1100 for the husky commercial

    I choked when i saw these prices. Sure making the Eastman look really good right now!!
     
  7. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have 2 walk behind mowers (32 & 36") running Kawis. I also have a 21" snapper with that FC 150 engine. I like it though the crank is bent slightly. Honda makes a good engine as well. The 4 hp honda on my Classen aerator seems to run forever between fill ups. Do you local dealers work on Honda engines? Are they dealers for warranty or parts. Some Honda parts are quite pricey while others can be cheap. Both engines are good. I think I would lean a bit towards honda though as long as you can get parts!
     
  8. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My local dealers service both Honda and Kawis. Which makes this decision even harder!!

    The Eastman mower that i am looking at has a crankshaft protector. I guess it is designed so that you can't bend the crankshaft??
     
  9. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Out of the Honda or Kawasaki which one is the easyiest to work on??

    I do all my matiance and service myself.
     
  10. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    For the smaller engines I go with the Hondas. When you get into the larger engines it's Kawi.
     

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