Kohler 7000 Series Engine Specs

Article by Mark Trotta

Primarily seen on Cub Cadet and Craftsman zero-turn and riding tractors, the Kohler 7000 series of twin-cylinder engines include the KT715 (20hp), KT725 (22hp), KT730 (23hp), KT735 (24hp), KT740 (25hp), and KT745 (26hp). Although there are slight differences in power ratings, all are vertical shaft and all share the same engine dimensions.

Kohler 7000 engine specs

Kohler 7000 Engine Specs

Kohler 7000 in Cub Cadet XT1 lawn tractor

Engineered and assembled in the USA, Kohler 7000 series engines are designed for non-commercial consumer use. The block is made of alloy with cast-iron cylinder liners. They are all four-cycle, air-cooled, twin cylinder, and feature overhead valves.


Kohler 7000 Engine Oil Change

The owner's manual recommends changing the oil and oil filter at 50 hours on new machines, but many people think that's too long an interval. There's certainly no harm in changing it sooner, and it should increase the service life of your lawn tractor. But at a minimum, oil and filter should be changed once a year.

Kohler 7000 series oil capacity

I did the first oil change on my Cub Cadet XT1 at 20 hours, and the second oil change at 40 hours.

Replace Oil Filter

Oil filter removal is easy with an automotive-style cup wrench and 6" socket extension.

cub cadet oil filter removal

The oil filter wrench pictured is a 76mm 14 flute cup-style that accepts a 3/8" ratchet. It fits a lot of other vehicles - Hyundai's, Suburu's, Mazda's, and my 1997 Harley Road King!

Shop: Oil Filter Cup Wrench

Kohler 7000 engine oil change

The oil drain cap twists off by hand.


Oil Capacity and Recommendations

All Kohler 7000 series engines have an oil capacity of 2.0 quarts. This includes the KT715, KT725, KT730, KT735, KT740, and KT745 engines.

For the first 50 hours of use, the manufacturer recommends conventional (non-synthetic) oil. This is to help the piston rings to seat properly. After that, you can switch to synthetic oil if you choose to.

Recommended Oil Viscosity

what weight oil for Kohler 7000 series engine


Use Proper Oil

Small engines require oil specifically designed for air-cooled equipment. Most automotive oils manufactured after 2009 do not meet these specifications. This results in higher operating temperatures and reduced engine life.

30w small engine oil

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Best Oil Filter

The Kohler 12-050-01 oil filter is recommended, but any major name brand filter will do, such as Napa, Fram, Wix, etc.

Kohler 1205001 engine oil filter


Spark Plugs and Gap

Recommended by Kohler are Champion XC12YC (982) for non-commercial use, and Champion RC12PYC (3071) for commercial use.

Spark plug gap for all models is .030". Socket size is 5/8".

Kohler 7000 spark plugs Champion 982

Remember to order two spark plugs (one for each cylinder).


Air Filter

The air filter on my Cub Cadet XT1 is housed under a plastic cover on top of the motor. To remove it, the two flip-out wings turn out and the cover lifts up.

Kohler 7000 air filter replacement 3208309

The original air filter from my Cub Cadet XT1 was stamped 32-083-09-S. Kohler gives it a service number of KH32-883-09-ST. Dimensions are 6.6" length by 2" height.

Cub Cadet XT1 air filter 3208309

The Pre-Cleaner wrap is cleanable and re-usable, but if needed, the part is 32-083-10-S. The air filter I bought included a new one.

Cub Cadet XT1 air filter 3208309

Shop: Kohler 7000 Air Filter and Wrap

Cub Cadet XT1 air filter 3208309

New air filter installed.


Kohler 7000 Filter and Tune-Up Kit

This popular kit gives you all tune-up parts in one kit - air filter, oil filter, fuel filter, and two spark plugs.

Kohler 7000 filter and tune up kit

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Starter Motor Replacement

Kohler 7000 starters saw a design change, and original part # 32-098-08-S was superseded to 32-098-10-S.

When you take your old starter out, it will have have either a 9-tooth or a 10-tooth gear. The 9-tooth gear is the newer design. Both starters are interchangeable with each other.

Kohler 7000 starter replacement

Shop: Kohler 7000 Starter

If you're replacing the starter solenoid, you can buy one here.


Lawn Tractor Engine Swaps

Kohler 7000 motors have become a popular choice for lawn tractor engine swaps. Since engine mounting patterns are the same, they can be used to upgrade from a single-cylinder motor. Another common engine swap is replacing a lower horsepower twin-cylinder engine to a higher horsepower model.

Kohler Craftsman lawn tractor engine swap

They can also be retrofitted to non-Craftsman/Kohler machines, as the bolt mounting pattern is the same as other popular brand motors (Briggs & Stratton, Kawasaki, etc). Usually just the throttle and choke cables need to be switched or modified.


Kohler 7000 Valve Clearance Specs

Intake Valves .003"

Exhaust Valves .003"


Powering our Cub Cadet XT1 lawn tractor is the 22hp KT725 engine.

Cub Cadet twin cylinder engine

Along with changing the oil and filter once a year, it's a good idea to replace the fuel filter once a year. The air filter replacement interval is 50 hours, that's about two years for our Cub XT1.


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