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    Default Kohler vs Honda T5C

    I own a 2001 T5C - engine hours are now closing in on 2500. For about 8 hours work I tend to go through most of a quart of motor oil. For the price of a new engine vs not being able to do a job and loose maybe 25% of the value of a new motor for every job loss makes me think I should be putting my now mostly worn motor on the shelf as a back up and put a new one in getting ready for next Spring. My question which way should I go, presently have a 20 hp Honda. Also wondering about looking into if I can get a couple more hp motor to fit and be a benifit? Please give my your pros/cons Thanks Dave

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    Default Re: Kohler vs Honda T5C

    Your pump's capacity can be as limiting as your horsepower, so practical options may be narrow as well. Dealers are scant on details per model, but Honda does offer those that include the remote throttle & choke, 12v starter & 20a charging, and opp-end pto access thru the shroud's screen, pretty much a 'drop-in' for a T5C. A guy would have to do little more than swap mufflers to re-power. (~$1500 or less)

    GX-620 has been superceded by GX-630, but a torquier GX-690 should bolt right up as well. My T5C/GX620's problem is poor starting, most likely due to long rests between firing it up, and I've pondered a replacement as it's showing its age. Terramite's clever design allows easy access, and my motor comes out in an hour or so. Maybe the simplest upgrade is the best for us anyway, without the extra effort or homemade parts to hook up. btw: Having fussed with valve train wear & breakdowns on so many Kohler V-twins I'd surely stick with Honda power, myself. Hope this helps...

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    Default Re: Kohler vs Honda T5C

    Really great point of the pump limit, well taken!! I have been studying the GX690 and am really leaning on it, do believe I will go this way. I am a believer in Honda stuff, very proven history. Thank you very much for your time and thoughts.
    Dave

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