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30 hp Kohler vs 26 hp Kawasaki

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by laird006, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. laird006

    laird006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    Just as the title states, between the 30hp, 725cc Kohler and a 26hp liquid cooled 675cc Kawasaki, which would you choose and why.

    Pros vs Cons of each.
  2. brownsallseasonlandscape

    brownsallseasonlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Ive got the 30hp kohlers and we love them. Theyve got about four hundred hours a peice and they are like new. The liquid cooled kaw is a good motor but you have a lot more moving and electrical parts. Think about it is outside where the weather is.
  3. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    Kaw. Why? More torque for the dollar.
  4. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Messages: 949

    Kohler ....just had better luck with them and very easy to get parts. Seems I waited several times on parts for Kawi's may just have been the dealer .
  5. retrodog

    retrodog LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,429

    Kawasaki, longer lifespan, and the kohler is a guzzler.
  6. F Y P M

    F Y P M LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    I would choose the kawi only because of the liquid cool engine will never know about heat translation longevity. The kohlers I have are the command 15 hp on my walk behinds I love them and I swear they can eat dirt they are alot less finigy than the kawi.
  7. Turfhead

    Turfhead LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    The Kohler Will Probly Be A Bit More Power But It Will Run Louder And Are Generally More Of A Pain In The Cold Weather. They Are Really Cold Natured. The Kawasaki Is A More Expensive Fix Usually, But Tend To Last Much Longer. Personally With My Experience The Kawasaki Engine Being Liquid Cooled Would Be My Choice. I Haven't Blown One Of These Up And I Have Had Trouble Out Of The Kohlers. Mostly Carberator.
  8. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,021

    Kawasaki for itÂ’s life period.:waving:
  9. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 754

    i would get the kaw. i know i know ya'll saying sawman picking the kaw????
    granted i dont like the air cooled kaw one bit. but those lc engines are one sweet running engine. and in this day and age were gas is over 3 usd a gallon, it will save you money. both are top notch power plants for any mower.
  10. Zooropa93

    Zooropa93 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    I like that 30hp kohler a lot, but I'd be leaning towards the 26hp kawasaki for the same reason as many others (liquid cooled). What machine and deck size will this be on? Also, as for the fuel consumption the 30hp is a bit thirstier but it reasonably efficient for the amount of power it produces given that it's not an EFI unit. According to some info I got from Kohler the 25, 27, and 30hp vertical engines all use 2.2 gph

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