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Posted June 02, 2013 - 08:21 PM

I posted this over at the other forum, but this one looks to possibly be more active.
I am experienced in the world of JD and Cub Cadet garden tractors, but I decided it was time to "grow up" a bit.  I picked this up from a Power King collector today and I am already impressed with it's brawn.  
I have quite a bit of experience with the old torque monster Kohlers, so that helps. The lifting capacity on the bucket and 3 pt seem ridiculous for it's size.  I look forward to using this forum as a resource, i have lot's to learn on these Power King's and I look forward to you guys' input.
After some research it seems that i couldn't touch a tractor with the capacity, reliability, and brawn of these Power Kings for the price.
It came with:
- Factory FEL
- 3-point hitch
- Dual Transmissions (I am so far really impressed with this concept)
- Factory weight box / holder / tray for the 3pt (not sure what to call it)
- A custom made 500lb+ counterweight that is pretty amazing in itself
- Near new rear tires
- A set of rear wheel weights


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Posted June 02, 2013 - 08:44 PM

Hello there and welcome! :wave: You sir are very lucky to have all that and im sure it was a good price too! Im not very knowledgeable in the power king world but someone that tames these animals should be along to help you with any info. 

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Posted June 02, 2013 - 08:46 PM

Nice tractor , I believe that I have the same  loader  on my 2418 ,wish mine had the duel trans  Did you get the snow blade too ?

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Posted June 02, 2013 - 08:47 PM

Nice looking tractor. It's always nice to find a gt with a loader.

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 04:00 AM


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 08:44 AM

welcome to the forum. and nice powerking u have there. 

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 03:52 PM

Welcome to the forum! One thing that never fails to make me jealous, is a PK with a loader! :poke:

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 05:43 PM

Welcome.  That is a nice looking power king.  Congratulations.  Glad you joined.

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 09:04 PM

Welcome to the forum! One thing that never fails to make me jealous, is a PK with a loader! :poke:

:ditto:   One day I will have one, one day...   


Great tractor by the way.  :smilewink:  

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Posted June 04, 2013 - 04:25 PM

Welcome and nice to see you here as well. :-)

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Thanks for all the welcoming, forums are great.  


It didn't come with a blade but I've got a couple JD's GT's with blades.


I spent 5 hours on it yesterday digging and pulling stumps, along with some regrading for drainage.  I am quite impressed.  The only thing that i became a bit concerned with is that when the tractor heats up the clutch seems hesitant to release and the gear grinding gets a bit annoying.  I figured out to throttle down and it greatly helped.  I then got on here and searched and it seems that that's somewhat normal for these geared monsters.  I'm going to flush the transmissions and see what the oil looks like in them.


The front tires were very dry rotted and i finished them off yesterday, so I'll be ordering some of those soon.  Do you guys know what the angled valve stem tubes area called? It appears as though i need to get the ones with the 90* turn for these 12" rims.


The throttle linkage is also messed up, something isn't right with the whole pivot point area where the cable attaches to.  These Kohlers never cease to amaze at how much torque they have at lower rpms. 

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:25 PM

After you flush the transmissions,  use  straight STP  to refill them, that  heavy oil will bring the gears in the transmission to a stop faster, and make shifting easier.  Good idea to drain and flush,  I have 5 PKs  and every one of them had water in the transmission when I drained  them.

 As for the tubes,  I've replaced the tires and tubes on two of them,  and I used the shortest valve stems I could find,  about an inch and 1/2 long

never had a problem yet.   As for the engine/throttle,  check out the Kohler website for downloadable manuals for your engine.

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Posted June 06, 2013 - 07:29 PM

I've read on here about the STP...but what product are guys referring to STP makes about 15? I see it calls for 90w originally, but sm I looking got something special?

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Posted June 07, 2013 - 04:56 PM

I changed out the rear transmission and the oil looked milky, frothy and nasty. The front transmission was the previous description doubled. I've got to re-engineer the shift boot, or lack there of. I went Lucas 85-140 in them and flushed the front transmission with some random gear lube before the final fill. I guess I need to do the differential next, I'm guessing it won't look too great in the either. The shifters didn't feel bad before, but they feel much better now.
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Posted June 19, 2013 - 11:33 PM

AJ., Welcome to GTtalk. Sorry I missed this thread to welcome someone here in TEXAS. Where are you at in the Hill country, Dad lives at Canyon Lake and I'm at Lake McQueeney. Hope you are close enough to meet sometime. Great looking PK, that's one brand I have never owned.