scag tiger cat 61" 26kai lc or 27kohler air?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by badgerfan, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. badgerfan

    badgerfan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    I am going to be purchasing a new scag Tiger Cat 61" in the next few months to use in the coming 2010 season and I want to know which engine would be the best choice. The options are a 26hp kawasaki liquid cooled or a 27hp kohler command air cooled. The prices for the mowers are almost the same so this is not an issue. Everbody always says that Kawasaki is better than kohler and I know that liquid cooled is supposed to last longer. My concerns are that I would like to have as much power as possible and the kohler has one more pony and I'm not sure if I can trust my guys to consistantly clean out the filter on the liquid cooled engine. If anybody has thoughts on this it would be greatly appreciated.
  2. A Leaf Above

    A Leaf Above LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    Well i cant speak for Kohler since i have never had one ..But i can tell you that the 26hp LC Kawi i have on my 52in Wildcat is a very nice motor ..I have had no issues so far .
  3. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985

    I've had both and both are good. The LC may need a little more maintenance but could last longer. My Kohler 27's use all synthetic oil to keep them cool and prolong eng. life. What's the price difference?
  4. SouthLouisianaGrassCutter

    SouthLouisianaGrassCutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 37

    Had a bubby of mine get a 61 with the 27 air cooled went through 3 of them in in 3 months. but bahia is some tough grass to cut down here. It's just to much mower for an air cooled.
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    You mean Wildcat right?
  6. badgerfan

    badgerfan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Yeah my bad, I meant to say Wildcat.
  7. ricky86

    ricky86 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,139

    Almost the same price? That's hard to believe.
  8. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Same here, but if so, go with the Kawasaki. Will maintain a better consistent temperature overall when mowing. If you can't trust your guys to check a filter, how can you trust them at clients homes and businesses?
  9. badgerfan

    badgerfan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Well as far as trusting my employees I guess I do, but we all know how hard it is for each of us to trust our employees with all of the expensive toys! They have made me lots of money so I have to force myself to trust that they will be cautious while I generate more contracts and business.
  10. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    I know, I hear you, just giving you grief! Whatever you get, its always nice to have new stuff!!!

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