Purchasing 42" MFT - Kohler or Honda Power???

Discussion in 'Hustler Turf Equip (Archived)' started by RoeJ, May 9, 2007.

  1. RoeJ

    RoeJ LawnSite Member
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    Now that I've decided on the MFT, I need to determine what engine to equip it with. I'm getting the 42" MFT. 16hp Honda powered MFT is $500 more than the Kohler Courage. I read the Honda is built like a comercial engine? I'm using this strictly for residential about 1 acre.

    Are these engines rated by hours? If so, what is each rated at?

    I didn't see any difference in warranty.

    I'm having a hard time finding good reason to spend the additional $500 for the Honda, but a lower price is only sweet once. Why should I buy the Honda?

    PJ, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks,
    RJ
     
  2. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    The Honda IS a commercial engine, the Kohler is NOT.
    If the 500 isn't going to break the bank I would certainly go with the Honda.
    I am not sure if they have hour ratings, if they do it is a rating based on emissions regulations and I wouldnt put a lot of faith into the hours listed, I would think the usable hours would be higher than rated.

    Pj
     
  3. RoeJ

    RoeJ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Thanks for the response. I needed to make a decision so I went with the Kohler. Only mowing 40 min per week 35 times a year should give me many years. I figured by the time the Kohler wears out I'll want a newer updated Hustler anyway.

    Brought a MFT 42" Kohler w/mulch & blowout kit. Will be delivered on Saturday.
     
  4. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
    Posts: 9,761

    Well thats great!
    Welcome to the Hustler family!!

    Pj
     

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