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Honda Engines

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Cage, Sep 29, 2005.

  1. Cage

    Cage LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 9

    I'm a Kohler/Kawasaki fan at heart but I'm starting see more comm'l equipment outfitted with Honda's. Everything from Z's to 21". What's your take on this engines on those type of units used in our line of business. I've heard parts are expensive. I'm just looking for some feedback to satisfy my couriosity
  2. JMB

    JMB LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 51

    IMHO, one of the most reliable engines on the market.
  3. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    I agree. Honda, to me makes the best engines. I own roughly 7 machines that have honda engines on them. If you take care of them they will take care of you. I have not had any problems with them.

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    Excellent engines. Kawi's are good but getting very expensive. I didn't know Honda made mower engines over 14hp. And believe this or not I like my BS Vanguard 20hp. If I had to choose, I would take the Kohlers over all. Just as good as Hondas but very reasonably priced.
  5. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    Honda is #1 in my book, Almost every piece of equipment in our rental department is Honda powered, They are like the energizer bunny. :blob3:
    As for the post ABOVE ^^^^^^^^^I work on more Kohlers than Hondas by a long shot.
  6. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    Another vote for Honda. I still like the Kawi's and have had great luck with them, but I think the Hondas are great. The most reliable engines I have owned.
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    Kawis are great but Hondas reign over all. Great engines!
  8. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    In my experience the Hondas are the only other engine in the same league as Kawasaki. The only downside is that parts are expensive and sometimes hard to get.

    That said, with either of these engines you rarely need replacement parts. You will have exceptions to this rule with all makers, but overall you have good odds of getting a long life engine with either one.

    Have a great day,
  9. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    in the small engines, Honda's are far superior and it has been pricing points that have kept it off most larger pieces, but that is changing. The smaller engines run higher torque at lower rpm, allowing you to power things without full throttle, like pumps and generators for instance, giving you lower noise, vibration and fuel use. these things and the fact that honda is no stranger to larger engines(think motorcylces) and you'll see that if they so choose to come in line with pricing, it won't be long before they are the standard. I completely disagree with Kohler making a top level engine. Kohler makes a cheap, loud engine prone to exhaust leaks/head warping and electrical problems. I never had to have a honda engine of any sort serviced beyond filters, oil and spark plugs.

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    QUOTE=restrorob]Honda is #1 in my book, Almost every piece of equipment in our rental department is Honda powered, They are like the energizer bunny. :blob3:
    As for the post ABOVE ^^^^^^^^^I work on more Kohlers than Hondas by a long shot.[/QUOTE]
    WTF would a mechanic know about it. Sitting in a shop all day turning wrenches isn't going to tell you what holds up in the field. If your working on alot more Kohlers than Hondas, I'll say that means there are alot more Kohlers out in the field. My plate packer has a Honda. The only Honda engine on a mower that I've seen, excluding pushers, was an old GVX400 or something on a wb I had back in the Eighties. I've got a Kohler Magnum 8 on my spray tank. 13 years and the thing doesn't leak or burn a drop. Oh yeah BS also mean Bullsh!t. Notice any corrollation. Snapperhead. :p

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