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Repowering Deere GS30

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by heybruck34, Apr 16, 2003.

  1. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    Question for ya'll...

    I have a John Deere GS30 and it has a blown engine. It's missing quite a few parts so I'd like to just bolt a new engine on. My regular dealer says he can sell me a Kohler 15 horse that will bolt on fine for $550.

    However, I went to the JD dealer to get some other parts and asked them for a price and their answer was $900 for a 13 horse!!! The reason being Deere has "patented" a type of Kohler engine and only these type will work....???

    Has anyone repowered a GS series Deere with a Kohler engine? Is this just another case of a dealer trying to make some money selling proprietary parts when generic will work fine?

    Gimme the scoop!
  2. heybruck34

    heybruck34 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

  3. GrassMaster84

    GrassMaster84 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    The GS30 comes stock with a 13hp kohler. Go to www.smallenginewarehouse.com and pay around $425.00 + shipping(usually $50). It'll be to you in 2-3days and save yourself some money!!!
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    Messages: 8,745

    yup, Kohler actually just signed onto a longer contract with Deere not too long ago.

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