Which is better Kohler Command or Kawasaki V-Twin

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by figtree, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. VegetiveSteam

    VegetiveSteam LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    I like USA built so I prefer the Kohler. But that's just me. And I know not all Kohler engines are built in the USA but the one we'd be looking at in this situation is.
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  2. IndianSprings

    IndianSprings LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    We've used both, the Kohler's are good but we prefer the Kawasaki's. We have had excellent longevity out of both motors. We think the Kawasaki's run smoother, less vibration and are easier on fuel and run quieter.
  3. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    I say, bring back the old Wisconsin Engine !!! Now there was a beast.
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  4. D C

    D C LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    And then there's the governor shaft seal and the coils that go bad...

    I've had all 3 on a 300hr Kaw and all 3 issues have been found in the forums here with "yeah, they do that" type comments.
  5. Konrad5288

    Konrad5288 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Piston is right. Just take off the valve covers and look. The rockers on a kohler are twice the size of Kawasaki's. If you buy a Kawasaki make sure you keep your clearances in check.
    Valve clearance? What is that? If you have never adjusted or had someone adjust your clearances neither will last as long as they should. That is what I have actually seen fail on the sakis 9 times out of 10. Other than that both are great engines.
  6. rippinryno

    rippinryno LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 887

    Heavy alum piston does not dissipate heat faster than a lightweight piston. Both motors will have their good ones and their bad ones. Both are proven names. The command however does not hold up like the law is do. I don't like the command line.
  7. bicklebok

    bicklebok LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    I have had both and like both. Im a little disappointed in a few Kawasaki problems I have dealt with that should have never happened, but I still like Kawasaki's and actually prefer them.

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