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FJ180V vs GXV160

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bjack312, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. bjack312

    bjack312 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 0

    I'm in the market for a new 21" mower this year, and have narrowed it down to Toro or Exmark. One dealer only sells the Honda engine, while the other sells both, but recommends the Kawasaki.

    My current mower has one of the older Kawasaki FJ150 engines, and the thing has served me well for 13 years. The engine is the only reliable thing left on the mower.

    I'm leaning toward the Kawasaki, can anyone give me opinions on why the Honda would be a better choice?

  2. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    In that scenario, it would come down to preference and brand loyalty. Both engines are top of the line. Are both options the same price? My experience with Honda engine options is usually about a $100 difference more for the units with Honda engines. Dealer said its because Honda requires that the dealers charge more for their engines.
  3. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    I'd much rather have the Kawasaki with the spin on oil filter.
  4. 1whitetail

    1whitetail LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 149

    The Kawasaki is more powerful and has more low end torque. The Honda has a more durable recoil and uses less gas I think. They are both very good engines.
  5. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I have the Kawasaki FJ180v on my 2008 Exmark and I used to have the Honda GXV160 on a toro proline that I had. Both engines are excellent. The Kawasaki is a bit cheaper, has a bit more power, and has a bit more maintenance with the oil filter to change. The Honda is quieter, a bit more fuel-efficient, not as powerful as the Kawasaki, and has a bit less maintenance with the lack of an oil filter. They're both great engines but I think the Honda will last longer but may not be as powerful as the Kawasaki.
  6. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,676

    Trying to decide on this question for ybravo mower selection. Any current input? Does the Honda have a oil pump or use splash?
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  7. kswiney

    kswiney LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    We run primarily honda but we have do have a few with the kawasaki. But our honda has a lot more power and low end torque. The honda rarely bogs in thick wet grass but the kawasaki seems to alot more
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  8. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I still have the kawasaki on my 2013 Exmark 21". It's been really good, excellent on fuel, and a ton of power and torque. I like the Honda GXV160 but it's outdated. They need to upgrade the power usage to perhaps the GX200. The GSV190 makes more power and they have it on their hrx mowers.

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