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Old 11-26-2007, 11:23 PM
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Repower options on a Excel 260?

I called my local dealer and he gave me a number to call at Hustler. The guys I spoke with were very helpful and emailed me the parts and operators manuals PDF.
I just bought this 260 without an engine. It originally came with a Kohler MV20 57510 engine with a 1&1/8X3&5/32 shaft. This engine is nearly $2000. I'd like to explore some options on repowering it with a more economical powerplant. I'm going to have to buy engine pulleys and misc controls and a bunch of other parts to complete this machine. I'm a Master Auto Technician with 30+ years experience wrenching, so I'm up for the challenge. Any thoughts on this project would be appreciated.
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Old 11-27-2007, 09:58 PM
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Its going to take some research but you should be able to do it.
Who is the dealer you talked to?
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Old 11-27-2007, 10:24 PM
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The dealer was

Fred's Outdoor Power and Equipment In Three Rivers MA. I am actually going to pick up the machine tomorrow and take some measurements and see what motors will fit in the space available. I'd like to keep the cost under a grand if possible. I know this may be a stupid question but do all vertical shaft engines in the 20 hp range spin in the same direction? I'd hate to find that out the hard way!
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Old 11-28-2007, 08:51 PM
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Fred's Outdoor Power and Equipment In Three Rivers MA. I am actually going to pick up the machine tomorrow and take some measurements and see what motors will fit in the space available. I'd like to keep the cost under a grand if possible. I know this may be a stupid question but do all vertical shaft engines in the 20 hp range spin in the same direction? I'd hate to find that out the hard way!

You need to talk to the 251, 251k, 260, and 260k experts, Richey and Clapper in Sudbury MA.
They will point you in the right direction in regards to what to repower it with and what will fit.
Yes all the engines rotate in the same rotation.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:44 PM
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Thanks: I'll call them tomorrow.
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:53 AM
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Their suggestion

was the ONLY engine that will work is a Kohler CV22 Grand total $2329. I'm pretty sure I don't want to spend this much on this machine. This machine originally came with a 20hp Kohler Magnum maybe I'll get lucky and fine a used one and go from there.
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:47 PM
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I found a good used

20hp Briggs Vanguard engine today. I talked to the guys you suggested and they said that only a Kohler CV22 made to Hustler Specs would work on a 260K. I'd rather scrap the 260 than invest the kind of money a new engine would cost from the dealer. If the Vanguard doesn't work out I can still afford to scrap or part it out. This is my hobby not livelyhood.
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:57 AM
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With enough time and "garage engineering" I am sure you can make it work.
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Old 11-27-2007, 10:35 PM
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one more quetion

my serial number is 6811738 model number 924191 any way of determining the model year from these numbers?
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:48 PM
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Update on this repower: I used this machine all season and it worked wonderfully. I love the operation and performance, the cut is perfect even at top speed and the catcher works great too. I like the easy one arm dump from the seat. I even mowed 4 acres of field a month after I cut it with a sickle bar, not one problem. This machine sucks up leaves beautifully too. The Vanguard motor is smooth, powerful, and trouble free so far.
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