Kohler Engines. Relentless Power. Legendary Performance.

3000 Series



This engine features overhead valve design providing better fuel efficiency and a cast iron cylinder bore and ductile iron crankshaft for added protection under load. With dual ball bearings for effortless starting and dual oil fills and drains, maintenance is a breeze.

Fuel Type
5.5 Horizontal Single Air Gasoline Retired
Engine Uses

Professional Grade Design.

Professional-grade features for the consumer. Overhead valve design provides better fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions, cast iron cylinder bore and ductile iron crankshaft add protection under load, extending the engine life.

Durable, Long Life Design.

Low oil alert system is standard on this engine letting you know when oil is needed, along with an in tank fuel filter to remove dirt and debris before fuel enters the engine. These features in turn add to the life of the engine.


No matter the application, the dual oil fills and drains provide the user accessibility to fill and drain the oil from either side of the engine. Along with the large metal fuel tank, easy access controls and no tools required air cleaner, this engine top's the easy-to-use-category.

Reliable Starting.

The large indexable recoil starter and dual ball bearings make starting the engine nearly effortless.


User-Friendly Maintenance.

  • Dual oil fills and drains
  • Dipstick on tank side
  • No tools required air cleaner
  • Easy access throttle, choke and shutoff
  • Automatic low oil engine shutdown system
  • Carburetor bowl drain

High Power Performance.

  • Overhead valve design
  • Increased displacements
  • High-inertia flywheel

Extended Run Times.

  • Large metal fuel tank
  • Basin shaped combustion chamber

Quiet, Smooth Operation.

  • Muffler with heat shield
  • Mechanical governor
  • Sound-deadening alloy crankcase
  • Silenced air intake

Easy Dependable Starts.

  • Electronic ignition system
  • Automatic compression release
  • Dual ball bearings
  • Indexable, easy pull recoil starter

Reliability and Long Life Design.

  • Dual-element air cleaner
  • Cast iron cylinder bore
  • Ductile iron crankshaft
  • Water trap to separate moisture in fuel
  • In neck fuel debris screen
Engine Uses
Power Generation/Welder
Recreational Vehicles
Utility Equipment

Equipment Types

This engine powers the following equipment:

  • Pump, Water
  • Portable Generator
  • Welder
  • Utility Vehicle
  • Aerator
  • Compressor
  • Edger
  • Portable Generator
  • Pump, Water
  • Tamper/Plate Compactor
  • Welder
  • Chipper/Shredder
  • Dethatcher
  • Logsplitter
  • Pressure Washer
  • Stump Grinder/Cutter
  • Tiller

Engine Type:

4-cycle, gasoline, OHV, cast iron cylinder bore, aluminum block

J1940 Power hp(kW) 1 5.5 (4.2)
Displacement cu in (cc) 12 (196)
Bore in (mm) 2.7 (68)
Stroke in (mm) 2.1 (54)
Peak Torque lbs. ft (Nm) 10 (13.6)
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Dry Weight lbs (kg) 35.3 (16)
Oil Capacity U.S. quarts (L) 0.63 (0.6)
Lubrication Splash
Dimensions L x W x H in 12.5 x 14.4 x 13.5
Backpressure Limit 2 25
J1995 Power hp (kW) 3 5.1 (3.8)
J1995 Rated Speed (RPM)  3600
1 Power (hp) and Torque (lbs ft) specifications for Kohler general purpose engines are rated pursuant to Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1940 based on gross output testing performed according to SAE J1995 without the air cleaner and muffler. Actual engine power and torque are lower and affected by accessories (air cleaner, exhaust, charging, cooling, fuel pump, etc.), application, engine speed, ambient operating conditions (temperature, humidity and altitude) and other factors. This J1940 / J1995 rating provides consistent measurement to customers who may want to control the intake and exhaust features of the engine. For more information, contact Kohler Co. Engine Engineering Department. Kohler Co. reserves the right to change product specifications, designs and standard equipment without notice and without incurring obligation.

2 Inches of H20 @ 3600 RPM WOT

3 J1995 power and torque certified by 3rd Party Witness