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just looking for a heads up on my dixie chopper generac mower, i blew a rod yesterday and took it to the shop and they saying 6 hour labor at the least, at 65 per. the mower has 79.4 hours on it, but is 4 years old,(out of warranty) i have searched forums and see very few rods broken, did i just get a lemon? also would it be worth putting a 27 horse kohler on it if parts and labor run close to a new motors cost? or kawasaki 27 horse motor? i'm definately not a mechanic so i need advice. thanx ......... this is in relation to a 2005 dixie chopper with 60" 27 hp generac. its the residential unit not commercial, and oil was just changed, changed 3 times since new,
 

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thanx guys for the info, anymore will be helpfull also, if i buy a new motor, what should i go with, kohler, kawasaki, ect.? i am wanting 27 horses, not sure why but thats what the generac was that blew, so i definately don't want to downsize, i keep up about 5 acres with it,
 

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I know it's out of warranty, but have your dealer call Chopper. Generac had a problem with rods. It's Usually the #2 cylinder. The rod will be broken at the top towards the piston, about 3/4 of the way up. There were porous rods in their engines. We had at least 10 of these, all on choppers that were built in 04/05. They may be able to do a courtesy adjustment. Call chopper direct if you have to. If the rod is broken like I describe, I would bet the farm on it being a bad rod from the factory. All the engines I found broken rods in had a few more hours than yours. Was it full of oil when it happened?? Good luck, JOHN
thanx john i appreciate that, i will definately check that out, however i have also gotten a few prices on new moters, i have gotten a price of 2,000 for a 30 hp kohler shipped to my house with exaust and new wiring harness. basically everything i would need to be back in business. plus another 200 labor to install, about 2200 total, for everything, is this reasonable? or can this price be beat? thanx
 

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yeah i am keeping in mind the rebuild cost, but i need to have my ducks in a row if the rebuild goes to high, the service manager says it is 65 per hour+ parts, but the mower has not been torn down yet so the damage has not yet been revealed. we have this hurricane coming here to baton rouge so our state is in shutdown mode, everything is closed except grocery stores and gas stations, i won't know anything till late next week, and grass needs to be cut, i hate the fact i can't mow. want to puke!!!
 

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Ok, I Got The Mower Back And They Say That The Bolts Had Backed Off In The Motor, No Broken Rods And No Damage Was Done, Charge Was 200 To Tear Down Motor And Put It Back Together, However It Doesn't Seem To Have Top End Power Like Before, Like It Is Not Reving As High. Doesn't Take Much Grass To Bog Down The Motor, How Can I Give It More Throttle?
 

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Well It Was In The Motor, It Was Making Awful Noise Down In The Housing. The Crankshaft Bolts I Think Is What They Told Me,or Somewhere Around The Crankshaft, Man I Got So Much Goin On, Gustav Just Hit Us Now Ike Is On Top Of Us, I'm Running Like A Chickin. I Can't Even Remember Exactly, But It Still Beat 3,000 For New Motor. Lol
 
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