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Kohler Heavy Duty all Cast Iron Block, 12HP (K301A) Horizontal 1" Shaft Tractor Engine.
Uses battery (point) ignition Delco Remy Gen/Starter. Engine has Full Power, Starts easily (has compression release) and does not smoke. Engine completely re-built new piston, rings (chrome), the cylinder cast iron bore was honed to specs, new Head Gasket and Pan gasket. Carburetor rebuilt with new, seals, seat and needle valve. Delco Remy Generator and Voltage Circuit is good. Came out of a Cub Cadet (127) Tractor and comes with the mounted Drive Take Off. Engine can be installed on many tractors which use a Horizontal shaft engine, John Deere, Cub Cadet, Bolen, Wheel Horse and Sears Suburban etc. Test Gas Tank and muffler do not come with the unit.
Engine can be seen, run at my home in Brewster NY and is sold as is. Must be picked-up too heavy to ship.
If you are seriously interested send me your e-mail address and I will send you a .MP4 file which demonstrates how well it starts and runs.
Acquired locally a 417A with a bunch (3000+) hrs on the meter, but a jump got it running and for $200 I drove it home. Came with a blade too. Thought the price was right considering it had a 48" deck mounted that looks to be in much better shape than the rest of the tractor. As I said I did drive it the few blocks home with an occasional pop or crack from the motor that I attributed to possibly a sticking valve or even just some old gas. Parked it and tossed a tarp half over it until I could get a chance to work on it, which turned out to be longer than expected. Anyway, to the problem, I went out a couple of days ago and put a charger on it for a while and tried to start it and it turned over about a quarter turn and locked up, so I pulled the spark plugs and tried the starter again and the worst looking junk I had ever seen in a motor came squirting out of the plug holes. Whats up with that? How would a motor fill up with GUNK, even setting outside? Shot a bunch of PB Blaster in both plug holes to try to loosen up any rust or junk in the cylinders but would like to figure out where it got into the cylinders, in the first place, before I go any further with trying to save it. Motor appears to have all the tin, air cleaner and muffler on it.
I'm looking for a working Kohler K181 of any variant that has good compression and little/no smoking on start up. I do not necessarily need a carb, generator, or fuel tank.
Cosmetics are not a consideration.
I would be interested in picking up the engine at the PA show in June (or any other reasonable or local arrangement).
Please PM me with any pictures/video and your asking price. Evidence of good compression/no smoke would be much appreciated. Thanks!
My 1978 C121 will not start. It will not crank over. The voltage at the battery post on the key switch is 12.3 volts. When I turn the key to the run position the voltage at the battery post on the key switch drops off.
I tested the clutch switch. good
Replaced the key switch.
Seat switch is bypassed.
I am suspecting the PTO interlock switch but I have no idea how it works and how to test it. I am very mechanically inclined but I have never seen a switch like that before.
Hi All, New to the forum - from Australia and looking for an Onan 20HP for my Wheel Horse 520 HC - I'm not that good a swimmer so someone would need to be prepared to go through the hassle of sending this engine to me in Australia - and to be honest I have no idea of the amount of work/effort that would take from your end there. I am after an engine that is is good to great working condition too please. All help/assistance would be appreciated. I have had my 520 for 14 years and it is a lot like me - looks terrible, old and beaten up but still works great (it doesn't look at all like the ones on the site here - they are like new!!!! congratulations to you all). i have maintained and had the 520 serviced twice per year (minimum) but just two weeks ago it blew up - short blocks need to be re-chromed so my mechanic tells me (I am not mechanically skilled at all, I may have the explanation mucked up a little/lot!!) thanks in advance - Paul from Warragul Australia!