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.

Cub Cadet XT1 with KT725 Kohler motor

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 filter every 100 hours, but many people think that's too long an interval. There's certainly no harm in changing it more often, and it should increase the service life of your lawn tractor. But at a minimum, oil and filter should be changed once a year.

cub cadet 7000 engine specs

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

cub cadet oil filter removal

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

Oil Capacity

All 7000 series engines have an oil capacity of 2.0 quarts. For the first 50 hours of use, stick to conventional oil. Then if you want, you can switch to synthetic oil. This is to allow the piston rings enough time to seat properly.

Recommended Oil Viscosity

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

Best Oil Filter

The Kohler 12-050-01 oil filter is recommended, but any name brand filter will do, such as Napa, Wix, Fram, 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. Don't forget to order two.

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

Valve Clearance Specs

Intake Valves .003"

Exhaust Valves .003"


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 7000 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.


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

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