Buying a new Tiger Cub tomorrow, which motor 19 Kaw or 20 Kohler?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Midwest Mower, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. Midwest Mower

    Midwest Mower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Heading says it all. All replies appreciated.

  2. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    I got one with the 19 kawi last season and i have had no problems whatsoever.. power was good, a little weak in very long and wet grass but not a big deal.I dont know much about kohler engines but i have seen a lot of bad posts about them.For only 1hp i dont think its much of a difference.I like the kawi engines.. any problems ive had in the past customer service has been nothing but great to me
  3. firefighter

    firefighter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79


    I just purchased a 48" scag cub with 19 hp kaw on it. The dealer was not going to have the 20 hp, they said that it would cost a lot more. I have a 2001 52" scag cub with a kaw 23 hp. Great machine. I'm sure the 19 hp will be big enough.

  4. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,300

    I have had both kohler and kawi's. From my experiance from here on out the ONLY motor that will power my equipment will be Kohlers. "Knock on wood" To date I have never had a Kohler go bad on me. I have on the other hand had all of my Kawi's go bad. My Gravely 50" pro had a Kohler magnum with 3,500 hours on it before i retired the mower and it still ran like a champ. And I will be honest, I only did 2 oil changes on it EVER. The only thing i have ever had go bad on a Kohler is an ignition module. Not bad huh? I sure cant say that for the Kawi's. I say if the price isnt much difference then go with the Kohler!
  5. Midwest Mower

    Midwest Mower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Both models are the same price. I would like to get a few more responses before I buy. Please keep the comments coming.

  6. johnbast3

    johnbast3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I have two kohlers,one kawi,one honda on a tiger cub..Both kohlers have been trouble,terrible gas mileage,and loud.Kawi has been trouble free,and the honda is brand new,so I can't report..JB
  7. cowcutter

    cowcutter LawnSite Member
    from Ky
    Messages: 13

    I have had a tiger with a kohler 25hppro, I take great care of my equipment.Bought brand new, first engine blew at 200hrs, after hrs. of tough calls, they actually sent me a new engine, my dealer said I was the first person ever to make that happen.As the guy above stated, the ignition modules are a problem, atleast they were, my second kohler engine blew heads consistently.I no longer have that mower, I also have a scag wb with a kaw. Awesome engine. Personally. for riders, diesel is the only way to go. Hope this helps.
  8. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,300

    Very strange about all the Kohler problems. Our magnum had zero problems in almost 3,500 hours of use except for the ignition module. Out Lazer Z has the Kohler command pro 18hp and now has 1,500 hours with out a single problem. We had 2 36" scags with the 12.5 kawi's and they were both hard to start and both let loose in just 2 years time.

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