Kawasaki vs Kohler

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Clint, Jan 2, 2002.

  1. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 97

    I did a search on kawasaki engines, and kohler engines, i found out some information.. but not enough to convince me either way.

    If any of you could describe some of the pros/cons of each, and point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.

    BTW, im looking at a 15 HP if it makes any difference

  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 870

    Well, it sure does make a difference.

    The 15hp 2cyl Kawi is better than the single Kohler offering.

    In the 20+ hp engine sizes is a different story.

    I can only speak from my substancial experience and dialogues with other users.
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    From personal experience I have had a ton of problem from kolher head gastest 20 and 25 hp. 14hp Kawi I have had no problems.

    My dealer tells me parts for Kawi are hard to get. He trys not to sell kawi on his Exmarts because he claims they will not back him up. Kolher he admits has a lot of problem but they stand behind him. I have had Three kolher engine totally replaced for free because of problems But the down time is still my lose. Of course they always go down when you need them the most.
  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    After hearing about all the Kohler head gasket problems and owning 4 Kawasaki's ,I get a Kawasaki! The only problem I eve had was a ignition coil broke. Thats all.
  5. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Can't go wrong with the legendary 14 horse fc420 from kawi.:angel:
  6. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    Ive got Kaw,Robin,Suzuki,Briggs vanguard,and Kohler engines, If anyone has the 25hp with the upgrade Kohlers they run very strong and give little or no problems, As far a rateings i like the Briggs Vanguards made by the Japaneese Co. Also love them Robin 2cycles. Only have one Kohler but it has been trouble free now for 2yrs 749hrs. But my Vanguards are all trouble free, Ive had several problems with Kaw but nothing major, but some of my buddys have had trouble with parts. Keep that oil changed and the filters clean and run stabelizer in them and they will usually treat you right. Marks Mowing Service
  7. realdon99

    realdon99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Allow me to introduce myself. I am from Pittsburgh, PA and run design-build-maintain company. Anyway, my experience with 4 cycles is similar to most of the others replies. The kaw is definately a faster runner than a kohler in the 14 horse size which are in our snapper hydro's.
    Our other larger equipment runs 20 hp and up kohler's and vanguard's. I did have some occasionall oil burn from the kaw. But what it all comes down to is parts availability like the others noted. And all things considered I would go with the Kohler when your talking 14 hp and up.
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    i almost hate to pick one over the other. ive had good service
    from both. ive never had a 4 cycle engine in its class that would generate as
    much raw power as the kohler command 20 im running now.
    hope i can get it to last.
    my next project is to get past these plastic caps an turn a couple of briggs engines ive got ,up a little.
    im thinking with tufoil and mobile 1 syn they should be able to
    handle it. one at a time of course.:)
  9. ohiolawnguy

    ohiolawnguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    i agree with kent lawns bout the kaw fc420 14hp engine. great engine. dont know enough about kohlers in that size to form a view. but, we have had kohler command 22 and 25hp engines. both seemed to run fine until their 3rd season of use. the 22 dropped a cylinder,it had 1800 hours on it, went from a 2 cylinder to one-lol. the 25 just needed a valve job(no biggie). i still prefer a kawasaki, but that all depends on who your dealer is, and who maintains the equipment also. i have found after 15 years in this business that most landscapers biggest mistakes when it comes to life of an engine is very simple. they tend not to clean air filters often enough, or even clean off outer casing off engine with some form of degreaser. remember, DIRT, and OVERHEATING is the enemy of an engine.
  10. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    Do a search on the 2000hr club youll see that other than diesel engines that{ Kohler Rules } Here is just a few 22 and 25hp kohlers 3335,2500,3000,3590,3800,2400,2500, 4300,and a 25hp with 4761 was the winner. Youll notice that very few Kawas are found in that club. Marks Mowing Service

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