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Old 08-21-2019, 11:31 AM
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Dang, I hate to hear that said about a Kohler because I thought they were the most reliable small engines we had left. The engine I used on the Forksnatch is smaller, the 11 hp iirc, so maybe it is a different cat. Other than the fuel pump, which never was right for the application, it has been perfect. But then it hasn't had nearly as much time in actual service as a lawnmower either.
It's probably run barely enough to make break-in hours.
Yeah, I tend to agree. The most problems I have heard of with the Kohler engines has been the fuel pumps. I think my friend has had to change 2 on his Kohler equiped Ranger 8 welding machine so far and it does not have that many hours on it.
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Old 08-21-2019, 12:48 PM
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"Kohler Courage 19 HP"

The Courage is Kohler's version of Sears' old "even at this low price" offerings, the "Command" is their REAL Kohler - reading about that (don't remember where ) is what decided me on the Cub RZT 50 over any of the OTHER offerings @ Homeless Despot - my old JD 38" rider had a 14 horse Kawasaki, couldn't kill that motor with a stick. (I tried )

The Cub was the ONLY HD offering with a Kaw twin, others had either a Bull and Shit or a Courage.

Since I didn't have the $$$ at the time (still dont) for a cast iron, fabbed deck 60" diesel monster, I've ended up repairing/modding just about everything BUT that Kaw engine - most of my ground's rough and I'm always in a hurry to get done so I can get back to OTHER projects, so I've built/installed reinforcing rings for the spindles, (posted THAT project on TBN, next time I needed spindles Amazon tried to sell me my own design back) re-welded/beefed up the deck (actually FELL OFF in the field (mostly unfinished plug welds) and got drug back to the shop with the 580B) redid the discharge mouth with 1/4 plate, etc... Steve
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Old 08-21-2019, 03:09 PM
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Yeah, I tend to agree. The most problems I have heard of with the Kohler engines has been the fuel pumps. I think my friend has had to change 2 on his Kohler equiped Ranger 8 welding machine so far and it does not have that many hours on it.
The thing is, on these little Sears/Roper tractors, the 5 gallon gas tank is under the seat and that tiny flutter fuel pump couldn't actually pull enough fuel uphill to refill the carburetor after a long sit. (My Surplus Center engine came without a gas tank.) I finally. replaced the factory pump with an electric pump. Problem solved. That also allows me the freedom to shut the pump off and burn out the float bowl before shutting off the engine.
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"Kohler Courage 19 HP"

The Courage is Kohler's version of Sears' old "even at this low price" offerings, the "Command" is their REAL Kohler... Steve
Aha! Mine is the Command series which I bought from Surplus Center for $385, no gas tank, plus freight. Thank you, Steve. I feel much better knowing that.
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:58 PM
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Least I could do Rod - one, you've obviously had enough NOT good news lately; glad you're on the mend and your medical peeps REALLY care, that is as priceless as all the PMA the members here always provide in times like that.
And two - every time I use my mill I think of you (especially when I DON'T reach for the column crank that ain't there ) ... Steve
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:52 PM
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The thing is, on these little Sears/Roper tractors, the 5 gallon gas tank is under the seat and that tiny flutter fuel pump couldn't actually pull enough fuel uphill to refill the carburetor after a long sit. (My Surplus Center engine came without a gas tank.) I finally. replaced the factory pump with an electric pump. Problem solved. That also allows me the freedom to shut the pump off and burn out the float bowl before shutting off the engine.
Aha! Mine is the Command series which I bought from Surplus Center for $385, no gas tank, plus freight. Thank you, Steve. I feel much better knowing that.
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:53 PM
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Head and crank will not be done until Saturday now... I hope he is cheap.
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Old 08-28-2019, 05:01 PM
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Head and crank will not be done until Saturday now... I hope he is cheap.


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Old 08-28-2019, 08:40 PM
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Old 08-28-2019, 10:00 PM
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I hope I get cheap and good, cause he ain't fast...
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Old 09-01-2019, 10:29 AM
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Head and crank will not be done until Saturday now... I hope he is cheap.
Update. Pick up date is now Monday afternoon...
Not holding my breath...

He is cheap, $289.40 total.
- Grinding crank mains and rod bearing 0.010" under.
- Rebuilding both heads.

Rockauto would have been $1033.99 (includes $200 core charge and shipping)
With that would have been about $50 shipping to return cores.)

So about $885.

The last remaining question is he any good...
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