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Here's some carnage for you

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by fireman649, May 7, 2007.

  1. fireman649

    fireman649 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    This is what's left of a 20 hp Kohler Command on a Dixie Chopper. The customer said he checked the oil that morning and it was ok. While he was mowing a yard, he said he started to hear a rattling noise, but continued to use it because he said he thought he just ran over a dog leash.....Well you can see what the noise was. Look how the piston turned around in the cylinder. The camshaft broke right in half and the connecting rod looks like it's now turning the cam. New motor should be here in a couple of days.


  2. fireman649

    fireman649 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    Here are a few more pics


  3. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,396

    live and learn...expensive mistake to learn by though
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    By the look of the oil, Color of the governor and oil pump gear doesn't look like he kept up with oil changes. Also a rod break up close to the piston in most cases is a sign of over rev....
  5. fireman649

    fireman649 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    Yea, and not to mention the air filter was clogged solid
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    Thats one thing I have never understood....

    These guy's go out and spend BIG money for these commercial units and neglect the piss out of them and run them in the ground all the while crying junk when something does happen. :dizzy:
  7. MowerMedic77

    MowerMedic77 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,164

    And always ask "this is still covered under warranty right?" :laugh:
    Rob if they knew how to take care of them we would be out of work.:hammerhead:

    It's this kind of thing that keeps us working and $$$$$$$$$$ in our pockets.
  8. Midwest Lawn Services

    Midwest Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    EQUIPMENT IS NOT PROFITABLE IF IT IS NOT SERVICED! :hammerhead: Wow! Thanks for sharing.
  9. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,465

    What's the problem. Looks like it will run on 1 cylinder! LOL!!!

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