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Kohler vs Kawasaki

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by nate1422, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. nate1422

    nate1422 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    I have a 2004 ExMark Metro 48", pistol grips with 15 hp kawasaki. I have the opportunity to even up trade for a used 2005 Metro 48" with 2 wheel velke attachment and ECS grips with the Kohler. Is it a wash with the engines or is there one better than the other, any drawbacks. Personally I like the ECS grips and was in the market for a stand-on so this solves that problem.
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    Well, They both have their problems. Kawasaki with coils and Kohler with head gaskets. So It's your call !
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,613

    Kohler makes water faucets and engines, kawi sticks to engines, up to you!
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,701

    Exactly, would you buy an engine from a company that makes TOILETS? I'll stick to Kawasaki thanks! I've had NO problems with the Kawasaki engines on my mowers. They always start easily, and have a ton of torque and power! It's your call though :rolleyes: .
  5. nate1422

    nate1422 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    I'm sticking with the Kawasaki, thanks for the input.
  6. iluvscag

    iluvscag LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 741

  7. scottishmaximus

    scottishmaximus LawnSite Senior Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 286

    if the condition of the mowers is about the same, i'd switch in a heartbeat. ECS is a lot nicer, especially when cutting along fences. Oh, ECS will not get you in the groin either. I have kohler and kawi engines and am indifferent about them. I have a 12.5 kohler and kawi, both on belt drives and 36" decks. The kohler seems to have a ton more power. Both start easy and make money. quit walking and start riding.
  8. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    I have had decent luck with both, but have had a little better luck with the Kohler. Now siince I said that....:D
  9. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    I agree with you!!! One reason I will go with the Kohler is because it's much better on gas. Also starts better in cold weather!!!!:)

    M RASCOE&SONS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,475

    i put my 60 laser with 27liquid cooled kawi up against any 27hpkohler and she will walk all over them!

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