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How about this poor, unwanted Kohler?


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Old 07-11-2019, 06:54:36 PM
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Default How about this poor, unwanted Kohler?

I know it's a screamer, but being built in 1969 it's definitely going to be vastly superior quality to anything made today...

This has been relisted SO many times, each time for a bit less money than before... Sad...

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Old 07-11-2019, 07:02:58 PM
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I bet thats one heavy rascal! I have a 1969 k241, just the engine is almost a two man deal to move!
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Old 07-11-2019, 07:44:20 PM
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I forgot- here's another one. This one has also been relisted a number of times. But "worked well until recently"... That could be minor or catastrophic lol...

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Dang, Both would have a safe home if they were closer. They don't make em like that anymore!

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Old 07-11-2019, 07:48:50 PM
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That looks identical to the first generator I ever owned. Bought it used around 1972. Mine was rated 2.5 KW, and had an oil bath air cleaner IIRC. Yes, it was loud and heavy! Being young and dumb, I picked it up and carried it by myself. That's probably one of the reasons why I had triple hernia surgery years later.
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They both remind me of the 1950's red homelite my dad had for a short time. That thing was heavy as hell and had a rope start 9HP Briggs engine. I think it was the old diodes that went out. After dad spent two days monkeying with it, he only ever got her to spit out 220v DC on all the receptacles. He really monkeyed her up. I wish we had kept it. I could probably fix it correctly with the help of the stak and my Clymer manuals. I was only maybe 10 or 11 at the time.

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I dont know why i keep looking? I have 3 running generators all three are onan and range from 4kw 6kw to 15kw and two runable onan diesel engines. maybe i do have a screw loose!!
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Illinoise or Wisconsin.... both a bit far.
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I dont know why i keep looking? I have 3 running generators all three are onan and range from 4kw 6kw to 15kw and two runable onan diesel engines. maybe i do have a screw loose!!
You don't have a screw loose. You just have an eye for quality and a slight case of the Green Disease.
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If either of these generators were locally they would be in my garage. Those recoils and fuel tanks are expensive and hard to find when missing. Despite popular belief, those Kohler K141s and 161s will run all day everyday at 3600rpm. They are some of the last good Kohler engines made.

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I have two of these exact units. After a tune up, they both start first or second pull and are my “go-to” for portable power or a jobsite. It was fun pulling one out this winter at -20 and providing power for a block heater on a Cat grader after the owners newer Honda would not start. He looked at me and just turned around disgusted. Bear in mind they do idle down with no load.
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Made back when it was all about quality, not quantity!!
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Don't worry about the first one.
It is safe now
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Yours?
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Yes.
It runs and makes power.
All I had to do was adjust the points.

Needs a new kill switch though, current one dosent work.

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Default Re: How about this poor, unwanted Kohler?

The "K" series Kohler engine was undoubtedly one of the best engines made. I have several of them on various Cub Cadets, and they all are incredible engines. My only complaint as an aficionado is that many of these little gensets run at 3600rpm.BUT!!!!! They will do it for a Loooonnnnnnng time. Just EXACTLY like K-tron said.
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