MTF Junior Poster
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Western Australia
Re: John Deere LT 150 Kohler motor
Hi Bill and Engine_Tech, thanks for your replies.
Yes it has definitely done less than 20 hours ( it had an hour meter fitted as an option )and the rubber injection moulding hairs are still on the tyres....I have been doing some areas with a push type mower and have had to let the rest of the lawn go thats why I am not happy, the previous mower I retired, a Bolens we bought in 1983, starting having engine problems, so I decided to replace it. I would have gone with a Bolens again except they became way too expensive with the Aussie Paso/ US dollar exchange rate.
Bill, I thought the same, that the stale fuel thing sounded a load of rubbish, I think it is a design fault or something similar as I haven't been able to use it long enough to get grass build up anywhere on the mower, the deck still has most of its paint on the top and I think there may be some on the underside of the deck. I wonder about the lean fuel issue, as when they told they were going to put a whole new engine in I understand JD head office told them to put a short motor in and use all the ancillary bits like carby starter etc. I know the head has been warped on at least two occasions and that is why a new head was put on.Perhaps the carby is causing all the problems ? I must have ten other stationary engines ( mainly Honda )and I have never had one fail this early or this often and never the same thing over and over again. I have one honda engine which pumps water 24/7 for 4 weeks per year and it is still going tens years down the track..... thats approx 6000hours, if I could have got a Honda in this mower I would have. These mowers aren't cheap here in Australia, I was told by the salesman that these mowers use JD commercial parts and thats why it cost me $4700-00........ the dealer is 140km (100miles) from me I think I have done 2500km or more in travel to getting it fixed I think after all this time and never fixing the same problem they should give me a whole new mower.... I think this is what is call a "Lemon" in the US.
Thanks for your replies guys