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exmark engine

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fireshawn1175, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. fireshawn1175

    fireshawn1175 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I am currently in the market for a new exmark 36" wb. I was just wondering which engine is better. You can only get the 12.5 hp Kawasaki, or the 15 hp Kohler. I am currently only using a 21" honda commercial and a 36" Honda rider for the two large properties I mow. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I have the 12.5 kawi. Its a very good motor. The kawis make more torque than the kohlers.

    For most people though, its a ford vs. chevy debate.
  3. mowahman

    mowahman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    Have an older JD GS 25 with the 12.5 Kawi on it and a new Exmark Metro HP with the 15 Kohler Command......go with the Kohler, much more power although the valve clacking takes a little getting used to. My other HP has the 14 hp Kawi and that has less valve clacking. The Kohler seems to be throatier than the Kawi in general. So far, I like the Kohler.
  4. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    I may be really nieve, but I just bougt a brand new viking eXmark 36" and it has a 15 Kawasaki or how ever you spell it. It also has a flex-deck on it now and is mowing 54" - I have a thread as to that and will have a section of pics on my sponsor forum.

    Would really like youall to visit the sponsor forums as we do pay for this site. If nothing else, just say hi;)

    Thanks, Brad
  5. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Messages: 1,540

    Try the Exmark Turf Tracer HP 36" if you are interested in a hydro WB. Mine has a 15 hp Kawasaki & ECS controls....and it is SWEET!
  6. fireshawn1175

    fireshawn1175 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I can't swing the hydro, I am a part-timer and only have about 10 lawns right now. I am just looking to pay cash for something to up my productivity so I can pick up a few more lawns.
  7. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    I too picked up a 32" Exmark Metro this spring as I was starting out with only a few lawns.

    Just make sure you need the 36 and not a 32 if you are doing any properties with Gates. A few of mine would not get a 36 into them, but my 32 fits in them fine and dandy..

    I am looking to keep upgrading in 50% increments.

    21" self-propelled Toro
    32" Exmark Metro gear driven.

    Looking to get a 48 or 52" Exmark whatever, cheap.
  8. fireshawn1175

    fireshawn1175 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I only have one that I can't get in w/ a 36". I went to the dealer and measured and then as I mowed I measured the gates.
  9. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    i have the 15hp kohler on my 36". they have a special here that's been going on for a while for $1999. not particularly happy with my dealers service as of right now tho.
  10. ranger520

    ranger520 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    I am a part timer myself and run a metro 36" with a 12.5 kaw and think the kawi is the smoothest running engine I have ever had. I have heard nothing but bad thing about the single cylinder kohlers.

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