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Kohler Command vs Briggs Vanguard

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ford850, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. Ford850

    Ford850 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Which would you prefer, a 27hp Kohler Command or a 29hp Briggs Vanguard? I heard Grasshopper added the Briggs 29 and 35hp big blocks recently. I'm curious to see which brand you prefer, Kohler or Vanguard.
    I wonder if GH will keep all their current engine choices or phase out some. I think they have 18, 23, and 27hp Kohlers; 29 and 35hp Briggs big blocks; 29hp LC Kubota gas; 21, 22, 28, 30, and 32hp diesels.
     
  2. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    The big block Briggs have awesome power and torque. So for power a 35 Briggs is hard to beat. A Kohler would be a good all around engine, nothing wrong with them. I understand Kubota gas and diesels are some of the most reliable engines around so the rest is up to you.
     
  3. Ford850

    Ford850 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    I had my mind made up to get a 722D, just waiting for a final demo once the grass gets growing for a good test. But for $1500 less I could get the Kohler Command 27hp or the 29hp Vanguard. I really wanted the Diesel for a quieter, cooler, more effecient, long lasting mower, but with diesel fuel prices it would take quite some time to recoup the price difference.
     
  4. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    The largest LCO here has all grasshoppers and runs the 22 Kubota diesel. He loves them and I would think you could get exempt from the taxes or get off road diesel. I think it varies from state to state. That Kubota would last forever if it has enough power for you. Grasshopper has some of the best diesel options out there. I can tell you a 27 Kohler is a great engine but doesn't feel like it has a lot of torque.
     

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