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when compression is gone, should i buy new?

Dirty Water

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Redmond, WA
If you have never rebuilt an engine, buy a new one and sit that one aside for a rainy day, its a fun project, worth the money in my opinion just for the learning experience.
 
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lawnwizards

LawnSite Silver Member
JonHolland said:
If you have never rebuilt an engine, buy a new one and sit that one aside for a rainy day, its a fun project, worth the money in my opinion just for the learning experience.
i have a 15hp kohler command thats gonna be my learning experience... tell me now before i start if i'm gonna be able to do it.....LOL
 

all ferris

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
belleville IL
The time involved in the rebuild and the cost of a the parts????? Lets put it this way... by the time you rebuilt that thing you could have already cut a couple yards to help offset the cost of new vs. rebuild. You have to value your time also.
 

all ferris

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
belleville IL
lawnwizards said:
i have a 15hp kohler command thats gonna be my learning experience... tell me now before i start if i'm gonna be able to do it.....LOL

On something that costs as much as a new motor for a mower you would be better off to rebuild. The rebuild should be able to be accomplished in a day or less. Parts should be less than $100. The only real speciality tool you'll need to do this is a cylinder hone.
 
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lawnwizards

LawnSite Silver Member
all ferris said:
On something that costs as much as a new motor for a mower you would be better off to rebuild. The rebuild should be able to be accomplished in a day or less. Parts should be less than $100. The only real speciality tool you'll need to do this is a cylinder hone.
i've never done anything like this before... i'll have all winter to do it and i think it will be a good learning experience for me... plus, i'll have a back up motor just incase.....
 

Lawn Masters

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Hudson Florida
If you want to get rid of that trimmer, send it to me. I'll fix it up. normally, when compression is gone, what you need, is normally just rings, and possibly a piston if need be. pretty cheap.
 
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