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Kohler Command Pro vs Briggs Professional

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Spikie, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. Spikie

    Spikie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Need your thoughts on which is better - the Kohler Command Pro horizontal motor or the Briggs Professional Vertical shaft motor. Everything else is equivalent - pumps, motors, decks are all the same. Only the motor changes.

    Kohler is a 23, Briggs a 26 - air filtration is Canister type on the Kohler, flat automotive type on the Briggs. Oil filtration is the same on both.

    I'm looking at these for the long run and interested in what you have to say.
  2. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 728

    Kohler all the way, if your in it for a long time, especially the Horizontal engine, if you were comparing the Kohler and a Briggs Vanguard its a different story
  3. groundskeeperllc

    groundskeeperllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 728

    you must be looking at a Grasshopper 223 and a Grasshopper 226V, if you are go with the Kohler powered unit, it will last you longer
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    Briggs has a long way to go to ever be considered a "commercial" engine in my eyes...not considering the vanguard series. The vanguard series is the only briggs engine that I would consider to be commercial and I would want on a commercial mower.

    The Kohler Command Pro is a pretty good engine. I used a horizontal shaft on a demo mower before and thought it did pretty well. I had no issues with it for the few days I had it. Mostly, it was just a different style engine than I was used to since all I have ever used were vertical shaft engines.

    I'd opt for the Kohler.
  5. GrassesGuy

    GrassesGuy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    Kohler command. Although I do run a Briggs Vanguard on a 32" for resi backyards and I've had it three years no problems and it always starts up. So they are both pretty good depending on the engine specs. You also need to factor in gas, the smaller engine will use less, but may not have the power for some jobs, but if your within a few horsepower it doesn't make much difference. All things you need to consider when purchasing, look at the long hall. In this indusrtry you don't take it everyday at a time.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2011
  6. Spikie

    Spikie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Thanks Groundskeeper. Spring there in Louisiana yet? We're just getting started here in central Arkansas.
  7. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,045

    Run as far as you can! I have the 27HP from a 2008 Exmark Lazer. I hear problems with the headgaskets and smoking when it starts. 1 out of 10 times when I start it it smokes for about 3 seconds hard then goes away quick. It is embarrassing because it is an expensive and beautiful mower. It does have a crap load of power and the fuel consumption is OK. I changed to Mobil one 10-30 and the smoking wasn't as bad. KOHLER says if you want to use synthetic you have to wait till it has like over 85 hours. I have 300 hours on mine and always starts on the first turn.

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