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  1. Catastrophic failure

    My son was using our C-85 to plow snow and it suddenly stopped. He grabbed me and we tried to start it and it wouldn't even turn over. Turns out the crankshaft broke, and when this happened the flywheel moved enough to hit the stater and wiped out some magnets and blew a fuse, kind of a chain reaction. Of all the blown engines I've never seen this happen and I'm not sure what caused this. We have worked the heck out of this tractor, and I've all the things I could think of that would break, the crank isn't one of them! I'm wondering if the crank had some kind a flaw, but it has lasted all this time. I've looked up what a new crank and flywheel cost and it looks like they are still available from Kohler for about $304 and $428. I see that there are some used ones on eBay, but I hate to get a used crank, a used flywheel would probably be okay. I looked online to see if some outfit sells re-manufactured K181s, but didn't see any. I could fix this, it's just a mater of what makes the most sense with money/time. I'm also pondering shooting the works and buying a new short block at around a $1,000, realizing I'd still need a flywheel. I love this tractor and plan on having it for life (my life, I'm 57), so I might just renew that awesome engine I'm wondering if anyone in Red Square land has seen anything like this, and also how you might approach a long term fix? I've seen a lot of comments on here about folks that have gone the Harbor Freight route for new power, but I just don't think I can do that, I have a love of Kohlers! This is what it used to look like! This is what it looks like now!
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