husky with 15 HP Kaw or 17HP Kohler?

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  1. keegan99usa

    keegan99usa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Ok, I'm seroiusly considering the Husqvarna CZ4815 with a Kaw engine or the CZ4817 with a Kohler engine. Both come with baggers, look like the same machine. The 15HP Kaw is $300 more. price is on New (dealer got them late fall 2003), 2 yr warranty starts day of purchase. $3800 for Kaw, $3500 for Kohler. Kaw is a twin cyl., would that be quieter? Am i losing any tip speed with 2 HP less?
    Please help, i would like to get a ZTR without paying $6500 for one.

    Please comment if you have either of these machines.
  2. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    I don't have Huskies, but I have a lot of Kawi engines on stuff in the garage.I can tell you they are worth the $ 300.00 difference over the Kohler.Iwould take a Briggs before I'd take a Kohler anyway..JMO...
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 6,270

    Tip speed is determined by engine RPM, you can adjust either motor up or down. Both are probably good motors, I 've had good luck with both brands but not those specific engines.
  4. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,220

    It seems to me that 15hp on a 48'' deck is allittle underpowered.
  5. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    We have a 14hp Kohler and a 15hp Kaw. Both are good running engines. The Kohler is a b***h to start on cold mornings. The kaw always starts easy. I would definitely buy the kaw.
  6. keegan99usa

    keegan99usa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Bump to the top

    Was hoping for more opinions. I can get a Gravely ZT2148 for $4100. Would this be a better option? The gravely does not come with a bagger.
  7. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,217

    Maybe a little, but I think I like the sound of a Kawasaki better :rolleyes:. Seriously, the Kaw. engines are worth more than that $300 extra. You'll know why when you get it.
  8. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    specialtylc .Your kohler needs attention. It shouldn't be hard to start. the choke is probably not closing all the way.
  9. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Been like that since day one . Was checked by dealer several times. Biggest problem is just hard to get it to spin fast enough with pull rope. Still like the Kaw. twin lots better.
  10. Aaron Marshall

    Aaron Marshall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    I had a Husky 6126 with an EFI Kohler... i put 30 hours on it and went through 2 hydro pumps. I bought it cause I got a good deal on it (I worked at the Husky Dealer at the time). It was nothin but trouble, I lost 1200 bucks on the deal. As far as I know Husky doesn't even make thier own zero turns.... I bought a walker... much more $ but by the time you put a bagger on a zero, you are at about the same price. I am very happy with my walker! Just my two cents.

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