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Help on Bobcat engine replacement

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mojack, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. mojack

    mojack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Hello all, I am asking for assistance from those that do their own equipment maintenance or those with special knowledge about engines.

    I have purchased an older Ransomes Bobcat 48" hydro W/B. It presently has a Kohler Command CV14T needing replacement or rebuild. I would prefer to up-size the HP of the engine and use a Kawasaki instead. What is the largest Kawi I can use? What would you suggest as a M/N? Resources for replacement engines? Resources for rebuilds of the Kohler?

    As I am just starting out and trying to keep initial o-head low, I intend to do the work myself and am looking for advice on motor choices. Thank you very much for your help!
  2. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    I would use a kohler cv 15 available from russo power for 469.00 They have an ebay store, or you you can call them directly. 877 -367-8776. Their web site is www.russopower.com.
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

  4. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,454

    Let it be known that I'm no expert, but I think that a good rule of thumb is 5hp to each foot deck width (especially if you plan on mulching) - so in this case that 48" deck would be underserved with any engine under 20hp.
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    You could get a new 17hp kawasaki twin cylinder engine on ebay pretty cheap! That would be my choice!
  6. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    Make sure you compare your old crankshaft size to the new one. Most common is 1" dia. by 3.15" long. Also if using different engines is going to be buying a new exhaust if different brand or going to twin cylinders. The base mounting holes are standard between almost all manufactures.

    I'm going through this right now on my Lesco 48". Changing from a single cly 17hp Kaw. to a 22hp Briggs twin. Bought mine off ebay brand new for $336.
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Old thread guys...

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