I mean seriously all I hear on here is how bad Kohlers are. Knock on wood but I have never had any problems out of any of my kohlers. 3,000+ hours on one before we sold the mower. 1,700 on my lazer and the others have been great also. On the other hand we have had nothing but cruddy luck with Kawi's. None of which have last over 2-3 years, always leak oil, hard to start alot of times. I'll be honest with you here, we had a 12.5 kawi on a 36" wb and it threw a rod so instead of paying alot for another kawi we got a cheap commercial Techumsa 12.5 and slapped it on there. That was a good strong running motor that was easy to start and lasted longer than the kawi did. So whats your beef with Kohler? I have to double think when I buy a mower with a kawi on it like the 34Z we just bought.