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I'm about to buy a GT5000, and I discovered that the model in the 2004 catalog is a 26 horsepower Briggs&Stratton engine while 2 other models on the web site (but not in the 2004 catalog) are 25 horsepower Kohler engines. Is there a reason that Craftsman appears to have moved from the Kohler to the B&S? I thought Kohler was better than B&S, but perhaps I should get the newer 2004 model with the B&S engine, because newer implies better? (Of course, I realize that often times changes are due to business, not technical, reasons, and perhaps I should try to get the older model with the Kohler...)

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I think that Kohler overall apple=apple is a better brand engine than the B&S. I am not a Briggs hater by ANY means as I have owned, operated, serviced and loved mostly all of the Briggs on my lawn/garden equipment for quite some time. I could be wrong in my judgement, but I know that the Kohler Command Pro line of engines is generally well-respected in the industry.

It is odd considering the fact that Kohler also makes a 26, 27 and 28HP model line with the same Command Pro engine. I guess perhaps they got a better deal on the B&S to go with that model.
People with more experience with Kohler can certainly offer more direct insight into this --- but I am a happy camper. :D

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Yes, thanks, I caught the previous post about the 50" mowing decks being bad. The two GT5000's I'm comparing both have 48" decks with 4 wheels each. Interestingly, the Kohler is $100 cheaper than the B&S, and so I would prefer both the Kohler and the $100 savings, assuming they still have these in stock if they are indeed 2003 models.
 

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ive had 2 kohlers.. a 16 HP twin and a 20 HP twin.. both have been great motors.. both smoke on occasion at startup. Both ran rough til warmed up.. But both have been very reliable..
I like kohler, plus i am pretty sure kohler is still US made.. i am not sure about BS but i think its partially imported..
 

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In that case I would go with Kohler, I have a kohler 25 GT5000 and had a ELS 22hp on a GT3000. I like the kohler better (more heavy duty IMO) but it will back fire on shut down sometimes.
 

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GO WITH THE KOHLER --- AND LETS SEE SOME PICS OF YOUR NEW RIDE SOON! :D HERE's MY 25HP GT5000 and the wonderful (and still operational) 1996 42" 18HP B&S LT --- Man, that one has lasted through some HELL


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Either engine will serve you well. It boils down to what deck you're after. I believe specific deck sizes come with specific engines. Could be wrong but that's the way the catalog implies it. I've had the 50" deck and didn't care for it. I now own the 48" deck and it has a unbelievable lift.
 
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