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    Silver Member ERE's Avatar
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    May 2006
    Northern VA
    Kioti CK25 HST

    Default Re: CK25 strange death symptoms

    Yes, I would definitely recommend Conestoga but I'm not sure what they can do for anyone if there is a country (world?) wide shortage of the gears. I would recommend giving them a call first to see what the situation is. They were knowledgeable, friendly, and had reasonable rates. It cost me $189 for the repair, albiet with used gears.

    As to the ultimate cause, I don't know how to factor in the information that other engine brands have the exact same problem. The folks at Conestoga said that they had assumed that it was simply a vibration problem causing failure over time. The pumps/gears, which are bolted to the engine just suffer fatigue fracture after so many cycles. I don't think those gears have enough stress on them to fail from fatigue unless they were faulty. Typically you need to have stress above a threshold level before a metal becomes subject to fatigue failure. The frustrating thing is that we have to "guess" based on the limited information we have.
    Kioti CK-25 HST, Kubota ZD326, air blast sprayer, 5' Woods mower, 5' boxblade, 6' scraper, PHD, Markham tooth-bar. 10 acres of pasture, woods, and vineyard

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    Super Member Coyote machine's Avatar
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    May 2009
    Southern VT
    '10 Kioti DK 40se/hst KL-401 FEL, loaded tires, KB-2485 bhoe, Tuffline TB160 boxblade, Woods QA forks, MIE Hydraulic bhoe thumb & ripper tooth, Igland 4001 winch, & GR-20 Log Grapple. Woods BBX72" Mower. Diamondplate aluminum canopy.

    Default Re: CK25 strange death symptoms

    Glad to hear you got your CK back running, even with available but scarce used parts. Though we don't yet have enough failures to definitively conclude cause and effect, we do have anecdotal data which can be noted in the charts that have been compiled to date, and updated as more data becomes available. We are certainly further along than when ritchyvs began recording data.
    2010 DK-40se/HST, KL-401 FEL, (reversible cutting edge). Titan Tree Shear. 72" Ratchet Rake. Fit Rite: Top-N-Tilt hydraulics & diverter. HLA Series 2000 7' plow, Aquiline MPC rear chains. Samuri Sickle bar.

    2016 Mechron 2200PS. 2016 Cub Cadet Pro Z 160 AW Steering, Kawa 23.5HP. 2015 Husky 322T AWD Rider, Combi 103 deck. Dr. Brush mower, & 42" lawn deck, & Dr. 6.5HP Trimmer/mower.

    Bunch of STIHL chainsaws: 011x 2, MS192T, MS200T, MS180C, MS230, MS270 (Wood Boss), 038 Farmboss.

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