Need your opinions on engines

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by dathorpe, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    I'll be purchasing three new 60" zeros in the next month or so. I need your help and your experiences with the DFI, EFI engines, in particular. I'm leaning towards all three being Turf Tigers. All of my previous mowers were Exmark or Toro and all had Kohler air cooled 23hp's and 27hp's. I've had good luck with those engines. But I'm thinking I want more power this time around with roughly the same gph or better. I was thinking of maybe two Kawasaki DFI 29hp's and one Briggs 35hp ('cause I need at least one true beast). But I've been checking around and I'm not hearing too many good things about the Kawasaki 29hp DFI L/C. It's making me nervous. So, now I'm thinking about going with the Kohler 31hp EFI L/C. What are your experiences, good or bad, with the Kaw 29 DFI or the Kohler 31 EFI?

    Also, there's a Kohler 29hp EFI but apparently, according to Scag website, that's a 10.5 mph machine. Thanks in advance.
  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I'd go Vanguard BB35.
  3. djagusch

    djagusch LawnSite Platinum Member
    from MN
    Messages: 4,350

    The kawi 29dfi (now called fd791d model) was scags most popular engine for years. I'm guessing it still is but the 35bb is getting closer since the price is lower and the more pwr mindset.

    The kawi is a solid engine.
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  4. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    I just bought a gravely with a 23hp kohler efi and after putting two hours on it i really like it. It sips fuel and is easy to start and even being 40 drgrees today it ran great.
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  5. weaver

    weaver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,393

    How come i haven't seen any pics? :waving:
  6. joemower

    joemower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    We've been running 26 EFI & 23 EFI Kohlers and love them. Won't go back to a non EFI engine if I can help it.
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  7. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    I like the setup you have now, two kaw, and one 35 briggs.
  8. dathorpe

    dathorpe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    Thanks for all the help guys. I really appreciate your opinions.

    I spoke with a mechanic today whom I really trust. He's advising me to go with the Kohler 29HP EFI. He said he really likes the Kohler EFI's. He said that he hasn't had the opportunity to work on the Kohler 31HP EFI and that he doesn't know of anybody running that motor locally. He suggested against the Kaw 29HP DFI... saying that Kawasaki DFI engines are great until they have an issue. Then they're a PITA to work on and the parts cost a lot more.

    I'm still rolling things around but right now it seems I'm leaning towards a Briggs 35 and two Kohler EFI 29's.
  9. PabsMaster

    PabsMaster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    I like that choice. I have heard great things about kohlers EFI, those are the engines of the future. NO MORE CARBS!!
  10. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,021

    I am also considering the Kohler 29 efi. I was surprised when I checked the Scag website and saw they use this engine on the 52", 61" and 72" Turf Tigers. If they can run it on a 72" I figure it should have more than enough power for the 52" TT I will be getting soon. Let us know what you end up with and post up a review.

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