Kohler 30 or kawa 29?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Espacesverts, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. Espacesverts

    Espacesverts LawnSite Member
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    What would be your choice between those two for all type on mowing condition.

    Kohler has more torque but use more gas
    Kawa less torque but better on gas

    and what about the longevity of theses engines? If I'm putting 20-25 hours a week on those engine.

    Thanks
     
  2. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would go for the Kohler any day of the week. My reason being is all the kawis we have owned have been underpowered and never lasted more than 1,500 hours and most of the time less than that. All our Kohlers have been very powerful and not a single one of them have lasted less than 2,500 hours. Now I will say that any engine can fail at any time but its been our experiance that the Kohlers work best for us.
     
  3. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The Kaw is liquid cooled opposed to the kohler. With the Hours you are putting on the machine I would say the mix between fuel economy and stuff like that I would get the KAW. good luck...
     
  4. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have nothing against Kohler, never had a problem with one, never. But the 30 has had some carb problems and Exmark dropped them like a hot potato. Numerous complaints about hard to start, hard to enguage blades without stalling, adaptor kits helped some but not all cases. My advice buy Kohler if you want, good engine, but stay away from the 30.
     
  5. Espacesverts

    Espacesverts LawnSite Member
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    ok thanks a lot tacoma200
     
  6. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Kawi> Kohler. My kawi's are GREAT, my favorite engines by far.

    Cheers
    Jeff
     
  7. LawnInOrder

    LawnInOrder LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have had both kolher and kawis. i would go with a kawi any day of the week. easyier to start, better fuel etc. Kawi gets my vote. IMO LawnInOrder
     
  8. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd recommend the Kawasaki. I've had very good experiences with Kawasaki engines and I've seen problems with Kohlers.
     
  9. lawn masters2006

    lawn masters2006 LawnSite Member
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    kolher...kals are junk
     
  10. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would go with the Kawasaki, the 30hp Kohler hasn't solidified it's reputation yet after last year's carb problems. Better to be safe than sorry.
     

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