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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by afftandem, Jan 9, 2005.
Rate them and tell what problems u may have had.
every mechanic who I've talked to said that engines line up like this: honda, kawasaki, kohler, briggs, techumseh.
Thats how i see it. I would even say that hondas and kaws are slightly ahead of the pack.
watch out for the twin cylinder hondas.
rental co's here are having lots of problems with the twins
From what i use, Honda's are the best for me, Just bought a new exmark, which has a kawasaki on it, haven't really used it but they seam pretty strong, and for the worst, it would have to be the briggs. They are plain garbage.
On small engines the Honda is good, but so is the Robin 2 stroke. In the 15hp size the kohler may last just as long as Kaw. The big counterweight on the kaw puts big loads on the top bearing on the crank and wears causing problems. And replacement cost of kaw is much higher than the $550 for kohler.
Briggs vangaurd 2000 plus hours no problems they will use a little oil.
kohler has allways been a good brand to go with. I've got a 15hp kawasaki v twin that's 1 year old that's been giving me problems. i don't care for the plactic parts they use on them anymore, can break too easy. briggs has been an ok engine, and hondas, the only use I've had with them is on pumps and sprayers, never had a problem with them on the smaller equipment. their pretty easy on gas which is a big plus to me.
I have a JD with a 14 HP KAW
E-MARK 17 HP KAW
SUPER Z 25 HP KAW
BOBCAT 15 HP KOHLER,I guess you know what I like!Only my .02 worth!