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Honda or Kohler engine?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by kybuck, Oct 28, 2002.

  1. kybuck

    kybuck LawnSite Member
    from ky.
    Messages: 11

    I'm glad I found this site i've found out a lot from reading the posts. I'm looking at two ztr mowers they are both 18hp twin cylinders but one has a honda motor and the other has a kohler. I was wondering if one of these motors is far better than the other or are they comparable? Which would cost more to service parts wise? :confused:
  2. Birdman

    Birdman LawnSite Member
    from 6
    Messages: 51

    Honda period.
  3. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 194

    I will go along with that Honda is better in my opinion.
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,679

    Honda makes a great engine if you stay below about 10 HP. Honda engines larger than that are not worth a darn from my experience. They are troublesome, expensive to get fixed, and parts are expensive and often hard to find. For twin cyl. engines, go with Kohler or Kawasaki.:)
  5. Farmboy

    Farmboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I have used the big honda stay away from them! The kohler is much better also I agree with the kawasaki comment it is good and I have also been useing some robin engines very good as well!
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Smaller Honda, Larger Kohler.

  7. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 194

    good info never have used a Honda above 10 H.P. Now I know to stay away from them!
  8. kybuck

    kybuck LawnSite Member
    from ky.
    Messages: 11

    Thanks guys for the info guess I'll be going with the Kohler:D
  9. Swampbeast

    Swampbeast LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    In my experience, go with Honda if its a small engine, single cylinder. If not that, go with Kawasaki, if you cant get that, special order the darn thing. My two Kohlers I have had both sucked, I hated them.

  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Larger honda motors are major headaches. Get kawi or kohler for large motors.

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