KOHLER, Wis. – Oct. 23, 2013 – 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 at KohlerEngines.com.
Anne M. Smith APR
Assoc. PR Manager
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