kawasaki or kohler?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SERRICO, Jun 25, 2004.


    SERRICO LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Messages: 94

    I'm leaning toward to exmark instead of scag ztr, because of the price.
    I was looking into 52" ztr to tackle some of my new vacant lot accounts.

    Scag turf tiger is too expensive and i'm not sure about that the tiger cub 48" can handle such rough terrain.

    But exmark has 52" with ok price. Less than scag. and also reputation.

    So I decided to go with exmark, but Kohler engine?
    I heard some good thing about kawasaki engine but nothing about kohler.
    Does anyone have good or bad experience with either engine?
    May be some comparison of ex and scag.
  2. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    kawi and be done with it never worrie about the engine in it again
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,300

    We have never had a Kawi go over 1,200 hours. On the other hand out Kohler on out lazer is at 1,600 hours and going very strong. Our Gravely went over 3,000 hours before we sold the mower and the Kohler was still going. Its all in what you have luck with. I can honestly say I hate the kawi's.
  4. zero_turn_mowers

    zero_turn_mowers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I have heard of more Kohler's blowing than I have Kawasaki's.

  5. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,300

    Yeah its just what ever you have the best luck with. Our kawi's wont go past 1,200 hours no matter how good of care we take on it. Now the 3,000+ hour kohler had 3 oil changes and 1 set of plugs. Thats it. Just kept going and going.
  6. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    after getting a 27 kohlor new this year, probably will stick with kohlor from now on, great on gas, and quiet.
  7. bwallen149

    bwallen149 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Kohler for me. I had a 61 scag tiger cub, 25 kaw. Scag bought it back and gave me a wildcat, 27 kohler. Basically the same machine, kohler feels like it has a ton more power, plus it's quiter, easier to start, and does slighlty better on gas. I know, not fair to compare a 25 to a 27 though...
  8. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    your probably pretty close in h/p, if rumors are true, read somewhere, maybe here that kaw's are about 2 h/p underated. so that would make it 27 h/p.
  9. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    definitely get the Kawasaki engine!!!!!!!!!
  10. sglawn

    sglawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    GO WITH KAW. I LOVE MINE! My kawi's are also good on gas

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