27hp Kholer engine..problems?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nobagger, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 3,065

    Has any one had any problems with their Kholer 27 hp? Ours comes in on our Lazer this week and I wanted to get any heads up.
  2. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    I would also like to know. I just ordered a new Super Z and my dealer said to take the 27 Kohler over the Kawasaki.
  3. scagwildcat

    scagwildcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from nw. ct.
    Messages: 507

    i have had my 27hp for two seasons, with no problems so far, my 18hp, had to be replaced last season after three years in service. the 27hp has great power, ive cut (hay) so to speak, and it didnt even bog down. as always change the oil, service the machine once a week and you should be fine.. i think what happend to my 18hp was that my old dealer, hired cheap labor and ruined my motor, it blew two weeks after it was in for service,and two head bolts were stripped!
  4. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985

    "i have had my 27hp for two seasons, with no problems so far"

    Sounds good to me.

    I just bought a Lazer Z with that same engine. I'll post an update in a few months....
  5. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    We think Kohler makes the finest power equipment engines there are. They have always outlasted and out powered the Kawi's that we have owned.
  6. waterboy1

    waterboy1 LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 122

    I got an exmark 56" with the 27 kohler last summer. It now has 80hrs on it. No major problems so far, just when you try to turn it off, sometimes it tries to keep running, I had a problem with my carb onetime, had small plastic pieces from the gas tank making it want to flood out. My old boss has one with over 300 hrs on it and it back fires some with him. Other than that, that is all I know about them so far. My dealer recommends them over the kawi.

  7. chipk1

    chipk1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 398

    I hate Kohler! Had nothing but problems with a Kohler 25hp. 2 Blown Head gaskets, then new short block and head, blown reed valve, bad lifters also caused cam to wear out at 500 hours. Might have been a lemon, I don't care! I will never deal with kohler again. Better take care of that dieseling and backfiring. You will eventually blow a reed valve which requires head removal.


    Bought a new Lazer Z with 28 KAI engine. Love it so far.
  8. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I heard that the 25 hp kohler was a bad engine from the start.

    I have a 27 kohler on my 04 lazer with over 2000 hours. I change the oil every 50 hours and rarely do I have to add any between changes. By this point I figured it would be burning some, and sometimes it will use a bit, but its not a constant thing. And this mower is used in hot dusty weather alot of the time. Never had an engine related issue and it seems like a new mower to me.
  9. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    Kohler deserves more respect then they get. I've used Kohler/ Kawasaki/ Honda and best bang for the buck, Kohler. Dollar for dollar i think think any other engine can come close to one. I love Honda engines but expect to pay $$$$$ for them. I only want Honda engines on my small stuff but for the price I'll take Kohler any day on 25+HP...
  10. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    Our lazer hp 48" with 18hp kohler has right at 2,500 hours and we change the oil 3 times a year. It hasnt lost any power and it doesnt consume oil nor does it smoke. Had a Kohler 18hp magnum on a gravely pro-50 walk behind. Sold the mower with 3,200 hours on it 4 years ago to a friend and that engine is still going. Have never had a Kohler engine fail. Have had 4 kawasuckys blow with less than 1,500 hours on them. We are not thrilled that our 2 main mowers right now have kawi's. When they blow the machines will get repowered with Kohlers. Thats our story and I am sticking to it.

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