EFI or not?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Andy_, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Andy_

    Andy_ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Engine opinions please? I will be purchasing soon.

    2011 Exmark Lazer Z, X-Series 60" with Suspension Seat and Mulching Kit.

    Home use only, about 5 acres.

    27 Kohler
    29 Kohler EFI
    29 Kawasaki
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    I can only see efi being a good alternative if you mow commercially. And then it seems to be a mixed opinion from users. It would take hundreds of hours for the efi to pay for it's self and that's if you have no failures or repairs. Don't get me wrong I'm a big efi/dfi fan but many dealers don't feel comfortable working on them and the initial price takes a while to pay for it's self. The Kawasaki has more displacement and torque so I'll vote for the 29 Kawasaki. I think all three engine choices are fine though. The 27 feels a little weak on thick lawns. Your choice.
  3. Andy_

    Andy_ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    about how much more does the efi cost?
  4. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    I am just guessing, but I'd say $600 more than the 27 hp equivalent??? Not sure. If you have a dealer that is comfortable working on the efi it may not be a bad choice but will still take a while to pay for it's self. My dealer list the 27 at about $9,900 and the 29efi Kohler at $10,600. Your dealer may vary. Check with your dealer.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    You folks answering these homeowner's questions in a section of the forum that is clearly labeled
    "For Business Owners ONLY" are not helping, and you may think you're being helpful but it is exactly
    this type of behavior that brings on that condescending lawn "boy" treatment some so like to bestow
    down upon us.
    Which, that is what fires me up so good.

    Excuse me but first off you are in the WRONG SECTION and second of all why
    are you asking stupid questions if you haven't even researched your prices?!

    What is wrong with you people?
  6. Andy_

    Andy_ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I love internet tough guys....Have a good day.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I have to admit... That was a bit harsh... Is everything alright, Topsites?
  8. goose2

    goose2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    I have owned new Walkers with EFI and non EFI. I will never buy another mower without EFI. The only way to fly in my book.:)
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Since budget clearly isn't an issue here....

    Just for the cool factor alone I'd have to buy the EFI. Just make sure the dealer is comfortable working on it. If it breaks, let him fix it.

    BTW, I have a Kohler 28 EFI on my 60" Dixie. ZERO problems and starts at the first click of the key. People's eyes pop open when I tell them it's EFI. Lots'a cool factor.
  10. Andy_

    Andy_ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I will go with the EFI. Price does matter to me, but when were talking in the 12K range, a few hundred bucks doesn't matter. I would prefer the diesel exmark but will not spend that much. I want to thank everyone for their help/opinions on my purchase.

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