Kohler CH395

Kohler CH395The Kohler CH395 is a 277 cc (16.9 cu·in) single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke internal combustion gasoline engine from the Command PRO series, manufactured by Kohler Co.

The Kohler CH395 engine has an OHV (overhead valve) design, an aluminum block with cast iron cylinder liners, a horizontal PTO-shaft, splash type lubrication system. This engine is equipped with a fixed main jet carburetor and dependable electronic magneto ignition system. Fuel tank capacity is 7.4 liters (7.82 US.qts, 6.51 Imp. qts).

A 78.0 mm (3.10 in) cylinder bore and 58.0 mm (2.30 in) piston stroke give the CH395 engine a total of 277 cc of displacement. The compression ratio rating is 8.5:1.

This engine produces 9.7 PS (7.1 KW; 9.5 HP) at 4,000 rpm of maximum horsepower and 18.8 Nm (1.9 kg·m; 13.9 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm of peak torque.

This engine is available in dual-fuel and tri-fuel conversion, as the Kohler CH395DF or CH395TF engine, respectively. It is designed to operate on gasoline and propane or gasoline, propane and natural gas fuels with installation of dual-fuel or tri-fuel conversion kit.

The breakdown of the engine code is as follows:

  • C – Command series
  • H – Horizontal PTO shaft
  • 395 – Numerical designation

General information

Engine Specifications
ModelCommand PRO CH395
Type4-stroke, OHV, single-cylinder
Displacement277 cm 3 (16.9 cu-in)
Max. horsepower 9.7 PS (7.1 KW; 9.5 HP) at 4,000 rpm
CH395DF (liquid propane): 8.7 PS (6.4 KW; 8.6 HP) at 4,00 rpm
Max. torque18.8 Nm (1.9 kg·m; 13.9 ft·lb) at 2,800 rpm
Fuel systemCarburetor with a fixed main jet
Cooling systemForced-air
Ignition systemDependable electronic magneto
Lubricating systemSplash type
Starting systemRecoil starter
Fuel usedUnleaded gasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Dimensions (L x W X H)404 x 427 x 424 mm (15.9 x 16.8 x 16.7 in)
Dry weight27.8 kg (61.5 lbs)

Cylinder Block and Head

Cylinder block
Compression ratio: CH395: 8.5:1
CH395DF, CH395TF: 8.8:1
Bore x Stroke78.0 mm X 58.0 mm (3.10 x 2.30 in)
Sleeve internal diameter78.000-78.015 mm (3.0709-3.0714 in)
Number of piston rings (compression / oil):2 / 1
Thrust face outer diameter77.955-77.975 mm (3.069-3.070 in)
Piston pin outer diameter17.992-17.998 mm (0.7083-0.7084 in)
Ring-to-groove side clearance:Top0.070 mm (0.0030 in)
Second0.070 mm (0.0030 in)
Oil0.050-0.190 mm (0.0019-0.0075 in)
Ring end gap:Top0.250-0.400 mm (0.0100-0.0160 in)
Second0.650-0.800 mm (0.0260-0.0320 in)
Crankshaft main journal diameter: PTO end: 29.975-29.989 mm (1.1801-1.1807 in)
Flywheel end: 30.014-30.027 mm (1.1817-1.1822 in)
Crankpin journal diameter:32.975-32.985 mm (1.2982-1.2986 in)
Cylinder Head
Valve Arrangement:OHV
Valve head diameter:INTAKE30.875-31.125 mm (1.2156-1.2254 in)
EXHAUST26.875-27.125 mm (1.0581-1.0679 in)
Stem outer diameter:INTAKE6.560-6.575 mm (0.2583-0.2589 in)
EXHAUST6.560-6.575 mm (0.2583-0.2589 in)
Cam lobe profile:INTAKE32.408 mm (1.276 in)
EXHAUST32.120 mm (1.265 in)

Tightening torque specs

Tightening torque specs
Cylinder head (torque in 2 increments) Step 1: 18.0 Nm (1.8 kgf·m; 13.3 lb·ft)
Step 2: 36.0 Nm (3.7 kgf·m; 26.6 lb·ft)
Connecting rod20.0 Nm (2.0 kgf·m; 14.8 lb·ft)
Flywheel113.0 Nm (11.5 kgf·m; 83.4 lb·ft)
Spark plug27.0 Nm (2.75 kg·m; 20.0 ft·lb)

Service Information

Valve clearance
Intake0.0762-0.1270 mm (0.0030-0.0050 in)
Exhaust0.0762-0.1270 mm (0.0030-0.0050 in)
Oil system
Oil typeAPI SJ or higher
Recommended oilSAE 10W-30
Oil capacity1.1 liters (1.16 US.qts, 0.97 Imp. qts)
Ignition system
Spark plugKohler 1413214-S
Spark plug gap0.76 mm (0.0300 in)
Ignition module air gap0.254 mm (0.010 in)
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