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Scag ZTR... 20HP Kholer or 19HP Kawasaki?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Shelbytt, May 28, 2005.

  1. Shelbytt

    Shelbytt LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 6

    I have finally decided to go with a SCAG on my new Mower. Here is my question, I have the option of going with a 20HP Kohler or a 19HP Kawasaki both the same price, so you PRO's out there can you let me know what you would go with? The mower Im getting is a 48 Inch Scag STC Tiger Cub Riding Commercial Mower. I have talked them down to $5600 which out of the 10 places I called was the cheapest by far. This will be for residential 3.5 acres, probably a lil over kill but hopefully it will last a lifetime. :blob3:
  2. mhunt

    mhunt LawnSite Member
    from SE
    Posts: 26

    i'd go with the kawasaki.
  3. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,565

    If you're just using it to mow your own place, I don't think it matters a bit. If you want to do a search, you'll find people on this site who are Kawasaki fans and those are Kohler fans. Either engine would be good as both brands have stood the test of time quite well. If all else fails, flip a coin.
  4. angusman

    angusman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    I just bought the same unit you are looking at and got the Kawasaki. My reasoning is that the oil filter is much easier to get to than the Kohler. I mowed all day with it yesterday and it is great. Your price was darn good too, actually I would not let Scag see that post as they may be a little disappointed in their dealer for selling at cost but hey you got a bargain! Have fun with it and watch the roll bar. It took a little getting used to but I have more road embankments on the properties I mow than low branches and definately dont want to tip it over on myself. My little boy and girl need their father :)
  5. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    Kohler is a better motor
  6. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,701

    Go with the Kawasaki engine, you'll be glad you did!
  7. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    you could tally up all of the posts and see who favors what the most. I have had great luck with both brands.
  8. smitdavi

    smitdavi LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 44

    Just picked up my SCAG 48" walk behind with a 15 hp Kawi on thursday and mowed all day today and can't say enough good things about it. I would say get the Kawi
  9. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    Both of them are good engines. Out of the two i'd probibly get the Kohler because they are a little more fuel efficient than Kawasaki's.

    BALDEAGLE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    the kaw may use a little more fuel, but it will also deliver more torque.

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