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Posted February 15, 2012 - 09:11 PM

just wanting to know if any ariens s-?? ever came out with diesel or if any one knows if there is a diesel compatibly to kohler k series

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 09:15 PM

Yanmar, 4 hp, slight mods will be needed, any diesel over 6.5 ho has so much torque it will start snapping things, here's a little something someone did to a MD Ariens,


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Posted February 15, 2012 - 09:19 PM

Diesels are hard to start in the cold, i went with a gas twin cylinder, here it is with the Tra Team 27 inch mower deck attached.

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 09:25 PM

i know ariens uesd kolher campatibly with powerking just would be cool to combined the two diesel powerking but its just a thought

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 09:41 PM

Nothing wrong with a thought, that's how i got started, there are others on this fourm that has done engine convertions on Ariens too and are much more knowledgeable regarding the Power kings, any thought please post away,

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Posted February 15, 2012 - 09:49 PM

just putting a feeler out there to see what engine model other think may work

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 12:24 AM

If you put a diesel on there i hope you have a heated garage to crank her up! I thought the extra torque and better fuel economy would be nice but my OPE all lives in a outdoor shed that isn't heated and diesel gets pretty uncooperative at -20.

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 01:24 AM

Diesels are hard to start in the cold, i went with a gas twin cylinder, here it is with the Tra Team 27 inch mower deck attached.

I can tell you want to sell that mower deck don't you? LOL

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 08:59 PM

maybe a good twin cylinder kohler would be a better way to go.

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 09:17 PM

Diesels are great but the Lister Petter cold start ones are very hard to find and expensive, even the AC1 series 2 with the direct injection are hard to start at 20 degrees much less below 0, when you upgrade to a bigger engine make shure it will not damage the snow blower's driveline, twin cylinders have a higher torque curve, as a good example a single cylinder 7 hp OHV engine has 3/4 of the torque of a 7 hp twin, even though the HP is the same.
When you start experimenting with different engines it is good to keep the hp and cylinders within range or slightly over or long turm damage to the machine will result, by Kohler twin are you thinking a 18 hp OHV ?

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Posted February 17, 2012 - 10:09 PM

The LT-1 Lister 5 to 8 hp. destroyed the rear end in my Wheel Horse. The torque these old Lister's generate is unreal so be careful what engine you match up to your drive train.
Have fun.
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Posted February 22, 2012 - 11:39 AM

Would be neat with a diesel though.

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Posted February 22, 2012 - 11:46 AM

Would be neat with a diesel though.

It sure would. I'm starting to think that maybe matching these diesels up with a hydro is the way to go. Tends to cushion the load on the final drive.




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