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    Veteran Member Volfandt's Avatar
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    Default Kohler Courage,

    So, how are the Kohler Courage engines holding up?
    Are the singles better/worse than the V-twins?

    Early on when they were 1st released, I recall they were touted to be easier to service due to easy to get at access panels and to be more quiet due to the plastic (can't think of the official term) timing gears.

    IMHO the old K and M model nodel Kohlers were some of the best small air cooled engines made. I don't hold the CV models in that same opinion but I do like the CH models better.
    Is the Courage another "home run" for Kohler?
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    1966 Wheelhorse 876, HST drive.
    w/50"sickle mower, 36" RDM, snow/grader plow, Alternator welder.

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    Platinum Member bontai_Joe's Avatar
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    Default Re: Kohler Courage,

    From what I've read (have no personal experience as all my stuff has old Kohler "K"s in 'em) The Kohler Courage was designed as a 500 hour engine, for entry level equipment. i don't know if they are lasting longer than that or not.
    If it's free, it's for me!!!!!

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    Default Re: Kohler Courage,

    The singles are still nothing more than a disposable engine...The twins are somewhat better.

    The plastic dipsticks still break off in the block, the valve covers still drip, the top plates vibrate loose and break off the bolts...mufflers falling off..

    Cant stand em myself.

    The CV and CH commands are stout and are solid 1500+ hour engines.

    The K and M series...You really got to try to break one..

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    Default Re: Kohler Courage,

    They have had a bunch through the shop at the ferm supply store with problems on the plastic gear parts breaking and other stupid things, plus horrible delays for parts from MTD, glad I went kubota for lawn mower was looking at the Cub Cadet Garden tractor.

    David Kb7uns
    Grand L3130GST LA723 Loader, ATI grapple, ATI grapple bucket, WR Long front remote, Kubota rear remotes, Bradco 408 Backhoe with thumb, 60"KK brush hog, 60" RM Finish Mower, Speeco Post Auger, 72" KK rear blade, 60" box blade
    BX2230 LA211, RCK60, GCK60 Bagger,42"Land Pride Tiller, XB BB, XB RB, rake, Fimco 3PT sprayer
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    Default Re: Kohler Courage,

    Quote Originally Posted by David_Kb7uns
    They have had a bunch through the shop at the ferm supply store with problems on the plastic gear parts breaking and other stupid things, plus horrible delays for parts from MTD, glad I went kubota for lawn mower was looking at the Cub Cadet Garden tractor.

    David Kb7uns
    hmm, we never do any engine parts through MTD, or any manufacturer. We work directly with Kohler for engine parts...next day usually.

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    Default Re: Kohler Courage,

    These were warranty jobs they were doing for the local Home Depot, they had 6 mowers for three months waiting for parts.

    David Kb7uns
    Grand L3130GST LA723 Loader, ATI grapple, ATI grapple bucket, WR Long front remote, Kubota rear remotes, Bradco 408 Backhoe with thumb, 60"KK brush hog, 60" RM Finish Mower, Speeco Post Auger, 72" KK rear blade, 60" box blade
    BX2230 LA211, RCK60, GCK60 Bagger,42"Land Pride Tiller, XB BB, XB RB, rake, Fimco 3PT sprayer
    G2160 RCK60 Mower
    RTV1100 Orange, Work Lights, Front Rear Winch,Rear Screen, High Mount air cleaner, water seperator
    2010 Polaris RZR 800 S
    2007 CAN AM Outlander 800 LTD

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