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Old 01-14-2014, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by xcopterdoc View Post
The original engine in question was for a JD 717. It had the FH601v. There is a short block available thru Deere. Part number MIA10990. Retails for 1186. There are 5 available. 2 in ATL and 3 in Milan Ill. This shortblock also fits the FH680V. The horizontal FH models dont have SB's avail anymore but they did at one time.
Thank you. The Fh models did have shortblocks. Again I had one shortblocked.
Old 01-14-2014, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Diesel Dude View Post
How many hours did you have on your kawasaki? I had a 23 hp kawasaki start leaking at 217 hrs. on a 737 deere.
Around 2600. The engine was still strong the seals were all worn out. Leaking like crazy.
Old 01-14-2014, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by FloridaCutter View Post
It leaked under warranty at about 300 hours. Again at around 1500,and that service only lasted a couple hundred hours. I have dealt with the leak for about a year. Most of the leaks were little seeps. It's getting pretty bad. It has 2300 hours. Still runs strong, good compression. other than the leaks, love the engine.

I'm going to replace the engine and keep the machine as a backup.
2300 hrs. is pretty good on the original motor though. I have had both kawasaki and kohler leaking oil like this so I would say it must be pretty common. Or at least thats what I gather from what I read on other threads. These mowers are able to go thousands of hours ,but the engines are not. I really did like the 737 mower I had though ,just not the motor. All those 700 series were good units.
Old 01-14-2014, 10:07 PM
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"The dealer makes it sound as though no one has ever swapped out an engine on those machines. Wants to sell me a short Block and install to the tune of $2000."

And thats the way most, if not all, Deere dealers would approach this repair. We just dont do non Deere standard repairs on Deere machines.
Old 01-14-2014, 11:26 PM
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ok guys, no need to get personal, call one another names or post in just to stir the pot or make fun of another. we can all post an opinion, fact, etc. without having to do that

thanks, we would appreciate it
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