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Koh,Brigs,Honda,Kaw:whos making best eng?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by afftandem, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. afftandem

    afftandem LawnSite Member
    Messages: 196

    Rate them and tell what problems u may have had.
  2. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    every mechanic who I've talked to said that engines line up like this: honda, kawasaki, kohler, briggs, techumseh.
  3. launboy

    launboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 273

    Thats how i see it. I would even say that hondas and kaws are slightly ahead of the pack.
  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    watch out for the twin cylinder hondas.
    rental co's here are having lots of problems with the twins
  5. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    From what i use, Honda's are the best for me, Just bought a new exmark, which has a kawasaki on it, haven't really used it but they seam pretty strong, and for the worst, it would have to be the briggs. They are plain garbage.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,442

    On small engines the Honda is good, but so is the Robin 2 stroke. In the 15hp size the kohler may last just as long as Kaw. The big counterweight on the kaw puts big loads on the top bearing on the crank and wears causing problems. And replacement cost of kaw is much higher than the $550 for kohler.
  7. cmras24

    cmras24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Honda, Kawi.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Briggs vangaurd 2000 plus hours no problems they will use a little oil.
  9. richard coffman

    richard coffman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    kohler has allways been a good brand to go with. I've got a 15hp kawasaki v twin that's 1 year old that's been giving me problems. i don't care for the plactic parts they use on them anymore, can break too easy. briggs has been an ok engine, and hondas, the only use I've had with them is on pumps and sprayers, never had a problem with them on the smaller equipment. their pretty easy on gas which is a big plus to me.
  10. lawncare4u

    lawncare4u LawnSite Senior Member
    from S>C>
    Messages: 399

    I have a JD with a 14 HP KAW
    E-MARK 17 HP KAW
    BOBCAT 15 HP KOHLER,I guess you know what I like!Only my .02 worth! :waving:

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