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Kohler Enters New Turf Market with Its First Walk-Behind Engines

October 2007

KOHLER, Wis., USA – August, 2008 – Kohler Co. (www.KohlerEngines.com) enters the push-mower turf market with its first walk-behind engine models (Courage XT-6 and XT-7), implementing several of its commercial-ride features that have been respected for more than 80 years in the turf industry. The new Courage XT-6 (3.5 net HP) and Courage XT-7 (4.5 net HP) engines will be available on OEM push-mower brands in early 2008.

The first two models from Kohler are engineered in the United States with high performance and ease of use in mind. The ease of starting this mower makes it a driving force in the race for best starting performance. The Kohler overhead valve design provides for efficient combustion and strong performance, with minimal fuel consumption and emissions. To enhance the engine life, Kohler uses a commercial-grade, cast-iron cylinder liner – which is standard on both models. A forged (not cast) crankshaft is also part of the new Kohler walk-behind engines, providing superior tensile strength and performance, especially for heavy loads and rough mowing conditions. Finally, the KOHLER exclusive feature of a wide-diameter, gas tank opening is also standard to make refueling easier and reduce the risk of gas spill-over.

“Kohler is now a player in the walk-behind market,” said Richard Koehl, director of marketing and quality for Kohler Engines. “We’re confident that our approach in taking the appropriate and successful features noted in our commercial-turf engines, and maximizing those to work well with the end user, result in a favorable new engine choice for today’s consumers.”

Additional engine details:
- Air-cooled, gasoline engines
- Four-cycle, single-cylinder engines
- Vertical shaft
- Horsepower-Courage XT-6 model: 3.5 HP at 3600 RPM; 2.6 kW
- Horsepower-Courage XT-7 model: 4.5 HP at 3600 RPM; 3.5 kW
- Dimensions-Courage XT-6 & XT-7 models (L x W x H): 409 x  358 x 328 mm

The new Courage XT-6 and XT-7 models are manufactured by the newly formed Kohler-YinXiang, Ltd. joint venture organized in Chongqing, China.  These new walk-behind models meet or exceed Society of Automotive Engineers Small Engine Test Code J1940 horsepower requirements.

Kohler Engines (www.KohlerEngines.com) is a global manufacturer of small gasoline, diesel and petrol engines, serving the lawn & garden, industrial, transportation, agriculture, and light construction markets with the Kohler and Lombardini brands. The company’s engine products include gasoline engines from 4 to 40 horsepower, and diesel engines from 3 to 70 horsepower.  All KOHLER engines are backed by a dealer/distributor network that is 13,000 strong worldwide. To obtain literature, sales and service information, or the names of Kohler distributors and dealers, call 1-800-544-2444.

Kohler Engines is a division of Kohler Co. Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power-generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

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