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Kohler Leverages Commercial Heritage And Goes Consumer Friendly With Courage XT-7 Utility Engine

February 2010


KOHLER, Wis. – February 2010 – Kohler Co. has introduced enhancements for its
Courage® XT-Series engines, combining Kohler’s proven expertise in commercial-grade engines with the convenient and straightforward features consumers seek in a utility engine.

  • Accu-Fill™: Easier refueling and fewer spills with an angled, 45 percent larger gas tank opening 
  • Consistent Power: Optimized governor system provides fast response to heavy loads
  • Energy-Saver Electric Start: Turn-key starting, 40 percent lighter, 25 percent more starts per charge
  • Smart-Choke™: Easy, no-prime starting Easy-Pull: Reduced pull force enabling fingertip starting  

“Kohler built its engine legacy in commercial products. Awesome power, durability, quality and performance — we’ve earned these accolades with our commercial heritage and are now applying that expertise in the consumer utility market,” said Cam Litt, marketing manager, Kohler Engines. “By migrating Kohler’s accumulated engines expertise to consumer applications we’re focused on delivering professional-grade quality and engine performance in a consumer-friendly package.”

Kohler’s Courage XT engine series debuted in the consumer utility market with the 2009 launch of the Courage XT-7 vertical-shaft, 4.5 net hp, 173 cc, utility engine. Utilizing the rugged, professional-grade design of the Courage XT-7 walk-behind mower engine, the Courage XT-7 utility engine is equipped to power a wide variety of applications including pressure washers, tillers, log splitters, chipper/shredders, generators and pumps.  

The Courage XT-7 utility engine comes standard with overhead valve (OHV) design, cast iron cylinder bore and flywheel ball bearing — delivering professional-grade engine efficiency and durability to the consumer-utility market. A wide variety of options allow the engine to be customized to fit various applications.

Options include:

  • Straight, stepped or tapered PTO shafts
  • Engine-mounted controls
  • Front or side-discharge muffler
  • Fixed or 6-position recoil
  • Bottom or side oil drain
  • Paper or foam-only air cleaner
  • Foam pre-cleaner
  • Recoil or electric start

The Courage XT-7 utility engine is certified for both current EPA and CARB emissions standards. This engine meets or exceeds Society of Automotive Engineers Small Engine Test Code J1940 horsepower requirements.

About Kohler Co. (www.KohlerEngines.com)

Within the Kohler Global Power Group, Kohler Co. and its affiliateLombardini, Srl manufacture gasoline engines from 3.5-40 horsepower, and diesel engines from 6.7-64.4 horsepower marketed worldwide under the brand names KOHLER and LOMBARDINI.

Also within the Kohler Global Power Group are Kohler Power Systems and affiliate SDMO Industries S.A.S, manufacturing generators (marine, residential, industrial and mobile) that are marketed worldwide under the brands KOHLER and SDMO. The group’s Kohler Rental business provides temporary power, climate control and luxury restrooms to the industrial, commercial, disaster recovery and event markets throughout the U.S. 

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin-USA, Kohler Co. is one of the oldest and largest privately-held companies in the United States.  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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