Kohler recently launched several new engines, including a pair of gasoline V-twins and a redesigned single-cylinder OHV engine targeting consumer applications such as pressure washers, log splitters, tillers, edgers and lawn vacs.
KOHLER 7000 Series™
KOHLER, Wis. – Oct. 23, 2013 – Introducing the all-new KOHLER 7000 Series™ engines. This line of vertical-shaft, V-twin engines was specifically created for consumer applications that require a high-performing engine. The line encompasses six engine models ranging from 20 to 26 hp, all incorporating newly designed, professional-grade cylinder heads, crankshafts, connecting rods, pistons and numerous other enhancements to deliver power and reliability. The 7000 Series also offers responsive starting, utilizing a digital ignition on the 25 and 26 hp models.
Durability features on the 7000 Series include cast-iron cylinder bores, pressure lubrication, and a dual-seal air filter to protect the engine in harsh conditions. Consistent CutTM technology provides more consistent power to the deck, helping end users get the perfect cut. The 26-hp model delivers more power through a higher 747cc displacement.
“We’ve built a lot of extras into the 7000 Series engines to deliver durability and usability for end users,” said Dan Luhman, senior product manager for Kohler Engines. “Simply stated, this new series of engines will make lawn mowing – and maintaining a lawn mower – easier and more enjoyable for consumers everywhere.”
All oil and fuel maintenance points – including the oil dipstick, oil filter, and fuel filter – are now located on the same side of the engine for quick inspection. The engine’s dipstick handle has also been redesigned to be easier to grasp, simplifying regular oil checks. In addition, oil capacity has increased to 2 qt. and a larger oil-fill tube is being utilized to allow oil to flow faster, which minimizes spilling. A top-access air cleaner is also built into the 7000 Series to allow a user to inspect or replace the air filter without the use of tools.
Available factory upgrades for the 7000 Series include Kohler’s PRO Performance Filtration Package™, which adds a commercial-grade air filter, oil filter, and fuel filter to the engine. The company’s Quiet Cam™ technology, an advancement that helps to reduce sound levels, can also be added.
For more information, please call the company at 1-800-544-2444. Additional details are available online at KohlerEngines.com.
Kohler Engines is proud to introduce its Confidant™ engine series. This new vertical-shaft, V-twin engine line was carefully designed to meet the unique needs of both commercial equipment users and property owners who are seeking equipment designed to deliver top-caliber performance and durability. KOHLER® Confidant engines encompass four models ranging from 19 to 25 hp. Both recoil and electric start options are available, so the engines can be easily customized by OEMs for a variety of applications, including wide-area walk-behind and stand-on mowers, ZTRs, and high-end garden tractors.
“We anticipate strong response to our new Confidant engines because these engines really fill a growing need in the marketplace,” said Dan Luhman, senior product manager for Kohler Engines. “Commercial landscapers and other professionals are continuing to look for equipment that provides exceptional value when rounding out their fleets, while still offering exceptional performance and straightforward maintenance. And, at the same time, more and more homeowners are seeking equipment that will deliver professional results and long-lasting performance. Without question, our Confidant engines check all of these boxes and more.”
Durability and top-level performance are built into each model within the new Confidant series of engines, which are tested to exceed Kohler’s commercial duty-cycle demands. Key standard features include: cast-iron cylinder liner to protect the engine in extreme operating conditions; dual-seal air filter to keep debris out of the engine; and high-torque inertia drive started with extra-large output for quick, reliable starting.
Each Confidant engine also comes standard with pressure lubrication to keep critical parts protected as well Kohler’s PRO Performance Filtration package, a heavy-duty professional filtration bundle that includes a 3500 cm2 air filter, a 6.5 gram oil filter, and a 9-12 micron fuel filter. Another standard feature, although not available on wide-area walk-behind mowers, is Kohler’s Quiet Cam™ technology. This advancement consists of a rounded cam lobe and solid nylon gear that work together to help reduce sound levels.
The optional cyclonic air filter is a heavy-duty filter that provides multiple stages of filtration for superior engine protection. After being screened at the intake port, air then enters a cleaning chamber, where it is circulated in a rapid, cyclonic motion to remove larger contaminants. A specialty filter, which can be used in combination with a pre-cleaner, then removes any remaining contaminants to ensure only clean air enters the engine.
“The cyclonic air filter is a great option to have available at this price point,” Luhman said. “It’s an impressive technology that helps maximize power while also prolonging engine life. When used with our pre-cleaner, the four-stage filtration process – called Quad-Clean air technology – is simply unequaled.”
The Confidant engine’s recoil and electric start options also make it ideal for wide-area walk-behind and stand-on mower applications. The high-impact nylon shroud and valve cover protect internal components when mowing around bushes and branches, and the chopper grass screen guard prevents grass and debris build-up.
Production of the new KOHLER Confidant engine series will begin later this year. For more details please call the company at 1-800-544-2444. Additional information is available online atKohlerEngines.com.
Also new is the RH265, a single-cylinder OHV engine targeting consumer and rental in applications such as pressure washers, log splitters, tillers, edgers and lawn vacs. Rated 6.5 hp with a peak torque of 9.7 lb. ft., displacement is 196 cc engine on a bore x stroke of 68 x 54 mm.
Arthur W Tarter
Hey Guy’s,I Have a Question,I Just Bought a new Husqvarna Riding mower,42inch cut,20H.P Kohler this is a 2018.I Have 20Hrs on it now.Just mow me & Mother -in – Laws yard.I’m Hearing Like a Valve on the Right side Just a Little?,I’ve Heard it since I Bought it.I used Reg Gas then put mid Grade?.with now change in sound.Run’s Great!,Bought in From a Local Dealer,not Lowes?,or anywhere Else.I’m Just wondering?,will It Get Worse?,I’ve Just Been wainting for it to Get Better.Cause I have to mow every week.and don’t want to be with out it the Rest of the sommer?.Has Anybody had the same thing Happen?.Just seen a post about a plastic Gear?,would that be what I’m Hearing?.It’s a 7000 series. thanks!
Hi Arthur, The first thing to do is check the oil and make sure you have the correct amount. If you run the engine without the proper amount of oil it the valve train may rattle especially on a side slope.
You have a good warranty so you can wait until the fall to bring it in. But, if the rattle starts to get louder, it starts to run rough or it starts to blow white smoke when the engine is warm get it in to have it inspected.
The grade of fuel will not affect the rattle. Kohler has been using poly cam gears for almost 30 years so don’t worry about that. A broken cam gear would cause it not to run.
Has a nylon cam gear !!! No thanks problem waiting to happen had one on a car never again will stick with my // kawasaki engine great power, quick start, quite lasts forever once again it’s like buying a american car or japanese car i’ll take the Japanese one every time
Hi Moongoon, I’m sorry – you do know your Kawasaki is American Made?
@Mike, You are asking this question on a page about the new Kohler engines so I’m not quite sure which tractor you are asking about. But I’m going to guess and talk about the Craftsman 20 HP Kohler V-twin Automatic 42” Riding Mower Model 20376.
I don’t have all the data on the 2015 models yet so I can’t tell you the exact tranny in it. But – the manufacture of this tractor calls everything an automatic and I am going to assume at this point it is a K42 or K46 hydrostatic.
There is no standardization in the industry so an automatic can mean anything that does not require you to shift.
@Mike, You guys in Florida start so early! I won’t even get to see my lawn for another 3 months!
Craftsman is putting a better motor into their lawn tractors than they ever have with the introduction of the Kohler’s. This is the same motor as everyone else puts into the more expensive yard tractors ($1800-$2500)
Up until this point Craftsman has only had the single cylinder Briggs Gold. (Intek) in these mowers. This really changes the game – having a twin in this inexpensive of a lawn tractor. In this price range you will not find a better motor. Whether it is better than the Courage – we will just have to wait a few years until many people get 250-500 hours on them to find out.
I really like the value of the new Craftsman 20 HP Kohler V-twin Automatic 42” Riding Mower. Your get a cast iron front axle, decent seat, fuel gauge, and a smooth running twin cylinder engine.
@Mike, Looking around the internet and reading all of the Cub Cadet reviews from last year there is no mention of any issues with the new Kohler. No leaking right valve cover gaskets, no blowing blue smoke going downhill. Even consumeraffairs.com has no mention of the motor.