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opinions on liquid cooled mowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greeninga, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. greeninga

    greeninga LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Messages: 81

    I bought a 29hp kawaski liquid cooled exmark today, any thoughts on liquid cooled mowers themselves. Did I make a smart purchase
     
  2. GroundEffects125

    GroundEffects125 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 288

    i had that same engine on a tank cub that was a demo i used it seemed like a great engine from what i could tell the few weeks i had it.
     
  3. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Water cooled engines will generally give you a longer service life than the air cooled engines. Just remember to keep the grass/dust out of the radiator and periodically check the fluid level. I usually blow my 23 hp Kaw. clean (deck and engine areas) before leaving a job site. Mine is a 2001 model and still running strong.
     
  4. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    My Scag with the 26hp LC Kawasaki has the radiator horizontal, across the top of the engine. It has a protective formed wire screen, but openings are too large , so I slipped a piece of fiberglass window screen between it and the raidator. I had the ROPS bump a hanging bird feeder and got birdseed in the radiator and it took a while to pick it all out, the extra screen helps. Other than that it's a fine engine and would definetly purchase again.
     
  5. Kid With A Mower

    Kid With A Mower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145


    Sounds good.
    greeninga, when you get a chance I would like to here you're opinion of the LC Examrk. Because when I buy a z it probably will be an Exmark. Does the DFI really make that much of a difference?
     
  6. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985

    Good choice, very dependable. Same size engine as the previously used Kaw. 27 hp but improved with DFI. Did you get a good deal?
     
  7. greeninga

    greeninga LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Messages: 81

    So far I love the machine, it has 72 inch deck and it has plenty of power. So hopefully I made good decision onp purchasing it.
     
  8. puppypaws

    puppypaws LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,075

    I personally don't need the maintenance and up keep of a liquid cooled mower when the Kohler 28 efi runs perfectly year round without the extra problems that can be caused by radiators.
     
  9. wildbilly1113

    wildbilly1113 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    Like puppypaws says I have 2 lazers with 2 & 3 thousand hours [27 kawi] and the only problem is the radiator. Good motors!
     
  10. wildbilly1113

    wildbilly1113 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    Like puppypaws says I have 2 lazers with 2 & 3 thousand hours [27 kawi] and the only problem is the radiator. Good motors!
     

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