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The Kohler 26 HP EFI or the Kawasaki 27HP Liquid Cooled

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Devin, Dec 17, 2001.

  1. Devin

    Devin Guest
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    I want to get a new Toro ZTR 72" deck. Dont know which engine to go with. The Kohler 26 HP EFI or the Kawasaki 27HP Liquid Cooled. Pls help me make a decission. I want the best engine that will work well with a 72' deck and have the most power.:blob4:
  2. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    kaw. ez pz japaneezee. 27 kaw lifetime 2500+hours. kohler lifetime 800-1500 hours.
  3. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    Having both about the best input I can give is:

    It's a coin toss and you can't go wrong with either.

    Both are reliable, dependable and fuel efficient.

    Like about 26efi:
    Starts easy with no choke.
    Lighter machine.

    Like about 27lc:
    Quiter with longer engine life.

    A Kohler will last 2000 hours at least. We have most of ours last 2500.
  4. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Having a 26EFI but not a Kawi I still would say to ask yourself how you are gonna use the machine every day.
    I'm thinking that if you have a lot of hot days and you are running this big deck for 6 or 7 hours straight 4 or 5 days a week then I would have to go with something liquid cooled.

    The 26EFI is a great motor and I certainly have not found the opportunity to put it to that type of test. It is good on fuel, has good power and is relatively trouble free. I had 1 bump with a bad fuel pump but I believe that those problems are gone on the new ones. Just my opinion, Good Luck.
  5. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    David, 800-1500 hours? Maybe if maintnance is not preformed often enough. my last rider had a kohlor magnum 20hp that had 3,000 hours when I sold it. I know many with kohlors with 3500-4,000 hours on them. It all comes down to proper maintance.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Thank you, Evan. You chose the words that I would have said also. This is a tough call between the two, since both are sweet motors. I can't say as much about the LC, as I din't have one, but a friend of mine does. He loves it. I can speak for the EFI though, and it is one bad unit. I run mine all day in the high heat, and it works just great. I CAN tell you this, the EFI has a bit more power than the LC. We have ran these side by side, traded on and of, and proven it with both agreeing over and over.

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