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Kawasaki 24hp
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:05:18 am »
   Kawasaki FR730V 24hp
    gasoline
    2-cylinder
    air-cooled vertical-shaft
    726 cc [44.3ci ]


Anyone got info on this riding mower motor. Good bad etc?

Power (gross):   24 hp [17.9 kW]
Rated RPM:   3600
Starter:   electric
Starter volts:   12
Oil capacity:   2 qts [1.9 L]
Oil change:   50 h
Sparkplug:   NGK BPR4ES
Sparkplug gap:   0.030 inches [0.762 mm]
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Re: Kawasaki 24hp
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 10:22:38 am »
I know this is a very old thread.  But, I just bought a new Cub Cadet zero turn mower with this motor.  It came highly regarded by a number of different people.  Supposedly it has more torque than the 24 hp Kohler.  We will see how it pans out.  But, the early hours with it are terrific. 
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Re: Kawasaki 24hp
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2018, 10:55:45 am »
Just had a guy tell me he likes his 25hp kohler on his zero turns better the the kaw ones.   So be interesting to see what you think.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2018, 09:37:03 am »
I'm not going to have a good frame of reference for comparison.  I needed a zero turn.  I shopped all winter and looked at just about every brand.  I always made a point of talking to the shop guys.  Every place I went the shop guys preferred the Kawasaki for reliability over Kohler.  The only thing I can say definitively is that the Kaw is quieter.  It will take a couple of years to have something of an informed opinion. 
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Re: Kawasaki 24hp
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 02:39:38 pm »
I thought Kaw would be the one to get too. Was just looking at some with it. Thought that was plus.
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Re: Kawasaki 24hp
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2018, 07:14:16 am »
One update on this Kawasaki engine:  The air filter is in a bad location.  It is low on the back right next to the bagger.   I've been using a bagger.  After each use I have been vacuuming around the filter, then blowing it out from the inside with compressed air.  A scary amount of dirt is coming out.  Kaw does not put a foam pre-filter on their unit.  Kohler does.  I have added a foam pre-filter.  It helped a lot.  Saturday I was at a large auction.  There were about 15 Zero-Turns for sale.  5 of them had this engine.  I checked the air filters.  Every one of them was incredibly dirty. 

I'm thinking I might go with a bit of a snorkel set up to get it up higher with a K&N filter.  It's 2" semi-rigid hose.  Shouldn't be that hard to come up with an alternative. 

Other than that this thing has been great so far.  But, I don't like tempting fate with all that dirt. 
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