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Kohler Takes Larger Lead in Higher Horsepower Offering With New 40 HP Command PRO Engine

October 2007

KOHLER, Wis. – October, 2007 – Kohler continues to lead the air-cooled, gasoline engine industry in horsepower, with its new Command PRO 40 horsepower engine, designed to perform and withstand the elements of demanding commercial and industrial applications.

The new Command PRO 40 hp OHV engine – available in horizontal and vertical-shaft configurations – not only provides more power to accommodate today’s larger and more sophisticated equipment, but also offers a new design that provides unmatched serviceability and extends maintenance intervals. It is certified to meet current emission requirements. Production is scheduled for late 2007.

“Kohler continues to innovate through its engineering expertise to make high horsepower available in an air-cooled, gasoline model,” said Cam Litt, senior product manager for Kohler. “This extended Command PRO line targeted a true, higher horsepower rating, but we also had the service aspect in mind and designed these new engines to be very user friendly.”

The new engines target a range of commercial and industrial applications, including turf mowers, generators and pumps.

The basic configuration of the engine is the tried-and-true 90º twin-cylinder, overhead valve design with an electronic ignition system, two-barrel carburetor and mechanical governor. The engine uses an aluminum block with cast-iron cylinder liners, a common feature on such engines intended to promote longer service life and durability. This new gasoline engine really shines with its healthy displacement, 999 cc on a bore and stroke of 90 mm x 78.5 mm and a dry weight of 132 lbs (horizontal shaft) and 127 lbs (vertical shaft).

Building upon its reputation for durable, reliable engines, Kohler continues several unique and patented features that aim to enhance and extend the engine’s performance.

- Extra-large sleeve bearings, located on both the flywheel and PTO side of the engine, support heavy loads in tough, commercial and industrial applications

- Top-mounted oil filter features a no-drip oil system; this, with an extended service interval of 150 hours, caters to the busy professional

- Removable cylinder access covers for simple debris cleaning
 
- Heavy-duty air cleaner with an integrated rain cap. A KOHLER exclusive large-capacity, dual element design for longer service intervals in tough working environments

- Integrated oil cooler, mounted under the cylinder access cover, provides for a compact engine profile and superior cooling

About Kohler Co.
Within the Kohler Global Power Group, Kohler Co. and its affiliate Lombardini, Srl manufacture gasoline engines from 4-40 HP, and diesel engines from 7-67 HP 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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William Bussler
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(920) 457-4441
ext. 72773

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