Honda 24HP Vs. Kohler 25HP

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Albemarle Lawn, Jul 10, 2002.

  1. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    It is almost time to repower one of my Gravely 260Z machines.

    I have found a Honda 2Cyl vertical for about $1100 vs $1500 for a new Kohler CV25.

    The Kohler runs well but is really hurting for HP lately. It doesn't burn oil, just is low on power.

    I've always been impressed with Honda engines. The 24HP vertical has an oil filer, too.

    Has anyone used this engine? Would it be a suitable replacement or a pain to install? Longevity?

    Has anyone done this conversion? I understand the shaft diameter is 1 1/8" on both Kohler and Honda.

  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    We started repowering our eXmarks with Hondas 8 years ago.

    After all, Hondas are better than Kohlers, right?

    WRONG! We could not have been more disappointed.

    After Kohler fixed all their little hick-ups in the late '90's, they are the best big a/c engine (20-27hp.)

    -- And Kohlers have a oil filter, too.
  3. keifer

    keifer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Iam sorry kent had problems with hondas but I think both would be good.I have both brands with no problems plus my kawasaki runs great also.
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,714

    I have a friend who runs a bunch of Honda engines on various type of construction equipment and pumps. He has been very disappointed with all of their higher HP engines. He has found that once you get above about 10 HP, you need to go with Kohler or Kawasaki.:(
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    The honda larger HP motors suck. Stay away. Parts are nearly impossible to get when you need them. The small honda motors are awesome, but not the larger ones. Stick with Kohlers.
  6. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    Honda 4-13 hp are awesome. (At least the horizontal shaft engines.)

    18-24 hp: I have yet to speak to anyone (my mechanic included) that has run one for any length of hours that had anything good to say about it.
  7. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Honda, Kawasaki, or Kohler.
  8. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    Thanks Albemarle, caught my eye this morning. ;)

  9. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I have used Hondas and really like them but I would almost choose a Tecumseh over a Kohler 25.

    I own other Kohlers and really like them but I will NEVER own a 25 again.
  10. Cut 2 Please

    Cut 2 Please LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    I prefer the Kaw. engines. On the small gas powered marine generators that Kohler produces, they put Kawasaki engines on them. I am not sure what the horsepower is but it looks almost identical to the V-twins that they use on mowers. I wonder why Kohler does not use their own engine on their generators? Something to think about.

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