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Oil problems with Kohler

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yardboyltd, Aug 9, 2001.

  1. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 323

    I'm looking at a Snapper 60" midmount about 6 years old. It has 2100 hours on a 20hp Kohler. The owner stated that he had probems with a build-up running 10w-30 and so he replaced the case. Would this be some type of varnishing from running in the summer? Why whould he have to replace the case? Anything I should be weary of? Is this engine dependable? Thanks
  2. Dave

    Dave LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
    Posts: 315

    what do you mean buy haveing build up??also what do you mean by case?? was this a new engine he put in ?? short block or mini block??2100 hours is a fairly large amountof hours for a air cooled engine.I would get documentation on what he did to this engine before I would buy it and possibly a service record of it
  3. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Posts: 4,831

    I would like to add to Dave's questions, what 20 hp Kohler is it? Is it the Command or the Magnum? One that age could be either since that is about when they switched over to the Command engine.

    If it is the Magnum, it is about all done for, if it's the Command, it could have quite a bit of life left. I have a 22 hp Kohler Command with over 3550 hours and I've heard of them going over 4,000 hours. It all depends on how they are taken care of and how good the filtration is on it.
  4. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,773

    is it splash lube or full pressure?
  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    man i lke that projection on the command engine eric. if thats the case this thing might not ever let me get me a hustler z.
    course by that time some problem with the hustler may have come up. good kinda problems to have.:)
  6. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 323

    I went to the dealer that sold it to him today. They said they think he put in a shortblock 1.5 years ago. It's the magnum..., will it last me a year to make me money for a new Z?
  7. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    I would personally stay away from any commercial equipment that is 6+ years old. Another thing is that it is a Snapper. Not the top of my list of good commercial equipment. Add to that the shakey engine story and then that it is a Magnum engine (outdated flathead design). I'd stick with what you got now "?" or go with some kind of inexpensive belt walkbehind.
  8. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 323

    I'll go ahead and explain what's going on. I've been offered to purchase part of a business. This would be part of the deal and necessary to maintain the yards I'd get. I only need it to last the next season and I'll have more than enough to buy a new mower.
  9. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    Here's some advise....

    Take that business buying money and buy yourself a new ZTR. Take the rest of the money and solicit more business. I would never recommend BUYING someone elses business/nightmare. This purchase deal may sound like a good idea (and it may well be) but if the equipment lineup is shakey what are the accounts like?

    Think things over...
  10. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 323

    Don't worry I'm doing my homework. The lawns are very nice. He's probally does the most quality work in town. One is a large 6 site industrial account. One is for a CEO of a public traded oil company. I've seen most of the yards. Most are for the wealthier people. Some of his equipment prices are high and if they don't come down, I'll be getting my own.

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