kohler vs. Kaw Engine ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnPerfect, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Alright fella's (and babe), Im about to order a new Exmark Lazer.

    Im still sitting on the fence over which engine Im going with. Currently I run a kaw on my deere. Other than the choke on the carb. I havent had a single problem.

    There is a hundred dollar price difference but that is not an issue.

    There are two things that come to mind.

    First, parts come from a distrubition center in California. Kohler parts will come from Memphis, TN. So if I had a problem, the parts would be closer.

    Second, the Kohler is an American built product. Enough said.

    I have no experience with Kohler but I know that alot of you do.

    Gimme input.
  2. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    One word...Kawasaki<a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/12/12_7_11.gif' border=0></a>
  3. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    Im leaning more and more to the kaw.

    Anyone else? Bueler? Bueler?
  4. luke125

    luke125 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    i haven't ran the kohler but i like my kawasaki
  5. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 752

    why not ask the mech at yur dealer?? Surely he has seen what breaks and what doesnt.. just an idea..:)
  6. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I already have Xcopterdoc. He tells me that they are about the same as far as maintence, repair, and reliability goes. The only issue was the parts , (takes longer to get parts for the
    kawasaki because they come out of California.
  7. johnbast3

    johnbast3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    My 2 cents worth.I have both,Kawi is the way to go.By the way-where are your electronics made?
    ps-have you tried a Scag? JB
  8. LawnPerfect

    LawnPerfect LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    You have a point johnblast3 about the origin of most electronics. But when I have the opportunity to buy American I try to do so. In fact Kohler is built right here in Mississippi.

    I looked at Scag today in fact. A very nice machine. I have two reasons for not going in that direction. One is the dealer, they are not only Scag, Redmax, and Jungle Jim dealers, they also have Lazy-Boy, Amana, Whirlpool, and other furniture and appliance brands that they sell. Second is that a drink holder is not standard. The holder is optional with a $44.00 price tag. :)
  9. Mark

    Mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    :) I run Kohler, Kaw, Robin, and BriggsVanguard...For many yrs now id have to say the Vanguards have been the most trouble free....but i love the Kohlers also......Marks Mowing Service
  10. Quality Cuts PLS

    Quality Cuts PLS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    I was sitting on the same fence not too long ago; contemplating on switching to Kawasaki. I have used Kohler's for about six years - no problems, with proper maintenance. Used a couple of Kawasaki's for about a year - can't complain, other than air filter covers are a pain. Kawi is a little smoother and quieter than Kohler. Kawi just added new carb that can handle high-capacity air cleaner; Kohler has had this for several years. My dealer in Baton Rouge put it to me this way; They are both good engines, but Kohler parts are eaiser and quicker to get, Kawi takes a little longer sometimes. Kohler replacement engines are a couple to three hundred dollars cheaper. Also Kohler powered Lazers are cheaper and more readily available. So I chose Kohler Power again and have no regrets.

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