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Kawasaki 27 Liquid cooled

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by barnard, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    I am considering buying a new Ferris IS 4000 with the 27horse liquid cooled Kawasaki. What have your experiences with this engine been? Good or bad? Thanks.
  2. The Lawn Boy Pro

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

    I dont have a 27, but I LOVE my 20HP Kaw L/C!!!!! VERY reliable, and oil changes less often with engine oil filters, runs very smoothly. LOVE it!!:D
  3. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 261

    run 2 on a 72 scag turf tiger. 2001's with1500+ hrs on them now. no problems yet.
  4. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,943

    But , when you work it hard, it'll reward you with far less gas in your tanks then you could ever imagine!

    Thanks in part to a hearty 2 bbl carb.

    Mine tachs out free load at 3850 rpm.

    With blades engaged sitting still its 3810 rpm.

    And mowing normal grass on normally flat yards, I'm in the 3760 range.

    Real deep grass and weed mix (10"+) and it'll drop to 3600. Saw 3570 a few times going up hills in that thick stuff.

    Best of all, it'll do this ALL DAY LONG in tripple digit heat and not skip a beat!

    The engine will surely outlast the mower.
  5. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    3 good expeiences and no horror stories. Thanks for the replies.
  6. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    my friend has two and he only had a coolant line leak which was a recall at the time i think.i have a 12.5,17,23 hp kawi engines all run great.i have a 27 hp kohler which sucks down gas like crazy.but it runs fair for a kohler
  7. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

    We have one on our 61" Scag TT. The engine has never been a problem.
  8. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Hasn't someone fuel injected a liquid cooled engine? That would save some fuel and keep the engine cool.
  9. rob1325

    rob1325 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    Kawi makes a 29HP DFI (digital fuel injected). Basically same motor as 27 Liquid cooled. Supposedly uses 25% less fuel. Scag offers them on there ZTR's.

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