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Posted January 30, 2014 - 05:15 PM

Looking at a mower with a Kohler Magnum 20.  I am wondering if anybody has owned one of these engines. How are they? It has 1537 hours. Is that high hours for one of these? It is vertical shaft BTW. Thanks....



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Posted January 30, 2014 - 07:12 PM

The question to ask, Levi, is whether the engine has been cared for during 1537 hours or not.  That is a lot of hours for a used small engine, although there is a lot of life left ONLY if it was maintenanced correctly.  Look close at the oil.  Look close at the cylinder fins.  See how old the spark plug is.  Hear it run.  You'll know if it was cared for quickly. 

 

The Magnum was not a bad engine.  At least it is better than the newer engines.  The regulations aren't allowing them to be what they used to be. 

 

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Posted January 30, 2014 - 07:57 PM

:ditto:  Better then the newer OHV Command engine.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 08:33 PM

:ditto:  Better then the newer OHV Command engine.

 

And much better than a Courage.  Those things are junk. 

 

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Posted January 30, 2014 - 08:40 PM

And much better than a Courage.  Those things are junk. 

 

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Garbage, burns oil after 300 hours if it lives that long, wast of money.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 09:22 PM

Garbage, burns oil after 300 hours if it lives that long, wast of money.

 

You're right about drinking oil.  I was introduced to the Courage as a result of the block cracking at low hours.  It was bad castings first, then they had gaskets that were not sealing, then they had carburetor issues.

 

The worst Courage models are the singles on push mowers and the like.  I'll take a Briggs Sprint over that any day.  And you know how I feel there.

 

Anytime someone brings a Courage with problems to me that's a couple years old, I tell them it is a paper plate.  Throw it away and get a clean one.

 

Always worry about an engine that gets 2 years residential warranty, but only 90 days commercial warranty.  That spells trouble to me. 

 

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Posted January 30, 2014 - 09:43 PM

Ben, you got it, hammer on the nail head.

If the Ingersoll rand twin stage air compressor will outlast 2 Kohler Courages in 6 years time it is time to think of a different engine.

Lots of guys switched to Hondas, 1800 hours later from new, time to change the piston rings and rebuild the head on the compressor, Honda still going.


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Posted January 30, 2014 - 11:32 PM

If the body is in good shape I'd go for it, easy to swap vertical shaft engines if that one pukes,
Plus it's a magnum most of the vertical shaft ones seem to last from what I've seen.
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