Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by gene gls, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I have a Walker with a 20 HP Kolher. The starter is making strange sounds. What can I expect to pay for a new one???

  2. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932


    if it's grinding, take it apart, they are simple, remove the screws from the bottom and slide armature out. be careful not to loose the brush springs.

    check the brushes for excess wear and blow it out. it's probably excess graphite from the brushes.

    most electric motor shops will have brushes for these.

    put a little di-electric grease on the ends of the armature. spread the brushes over the armature when slidding back together.
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    I posted this in the repair forum, but no answers. Whats the going price for a new starter for a Kolher 20 HP??? Thanks.....

  4. 'bout $165

  5. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    I paid Can$ 400 for my Kubota diesel in my spare Walker last year. I would think the Kolher would be much cheaper.
  6. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I know that starter can be rebuilt easy, but I was told the 20 Magnum starter was about $180, so the Command should be in that area too.

    Now that you have some responses, I'll move this to where it belongs and leave a redirect to it. I will also merge your two threads together.
  7. Fish

    Fish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    What kind of sounds? Why do you think it needs replaced?
  8. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213


    My Walker has 1975 hours on it, new in 1996. This is my 4th starter replacement. First one was at 125 hours, under warrentee. Dirt gets in them, they start grinding and sticking on longer than necessary and ruines them, only 1 was repairable. My dealer whacked me $285.00 last week for just the starter as a part, last year it was $165.00. I think he has become a Highwaymen from the old days. I like the mower but I think its time to change brands to get honest service.

  9. Fish

    Fish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 139

    You need to contact Kohler and furnish them your model and
    spec numbers, as well as a description of your complaint. Kohler
    stands behind their engines. Most serious problems are with the
    dealer and blamed on Kohler. Find your area's distributor and
    talk to the salesman and you will have some response, if your
    distributor is like mine. At best, find another dealer, as this one
    seems adept at taking your money.
  10. sdwally

    sdwally LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    You save money if you can find a shop that rebuilds them. We have found a place that specializes in auto electric components. Swap out prices are between $25 to $45, occassionly much higher if item is an odd unit.

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