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Posted November 22, 2014 - 06:54 PM

12 Hp Kohler K 301 in the toro 12
Did alli could and finally rebuilt another carb for it, and it started and ran as it should, perfect. I had done similar to the cub cadet with k241. Today I was starting things for fun. The cub cadet went as expected, ran excellent. The toro fought me initially but started and refused to idle or run smooth at all. Adjusted the carb too. Both tractors repairs at the same time and both have the same 93 octane gas, so why did the one run like crap.... I know it acts like crap in it, but still, neither have fuel filters and one is fine....

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Posted November 22, 2014 - 07:03 PM

12 Hp Kohler K 301 in the toro 1I know it acts like crap in it, but still, neither have fuel filters and one is fine....

Do they share a common fuel tank? Maybe you should put a filter in this one? The other option would be a spark issue with a coil or wire drawing dampness from heat-cold  and dew.

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Posted November 22, 2014 - 07:09 PM

I had one that did the same thing. Everytime I would dismantle and clean the carb. That solved it everytime. I figured I was getting junk from somewhere so I installed a filter. Problem solved. Its doesn't take a very big piece to screw things up. Most times, I never saw what was causing the problem because it was so small.

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Posted November 22, 2014 - 07:44 PM

Casey, I am sure its only because you own it...

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Posted November 22, 2014 - 07:51 PM

Casey, Kohler engines get very grumpy about junk in the carburetor.  It doesn't take much to destroy either the high speed or the idle circuit in particular.  I'd make sure you have a fuel filter in place. 


However, if you have any sort of dampness or condensation build up, the points can be affected.  Take a little file and clean up your breaker points.  Kohlers will run, but run terrible with slightly dirty points.


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Posted November 23, 2014 - 10:51 AM

Agreed....You need a fuel filter.