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I see one of these for sale not far away; what's the "track record" as compared to say the KT series engines that had all the issues?
all cast iron twin opposed.
 

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K582 is tough as Nails as it was basically a Magnum 20, but with points. They were, to my knowledge, all full pressure lubrication from day one, and never had any oiling problems.
 

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saw it Friday at the "Trading Post" section of the Pontiac (IL) threshermens show; thought naaaah; I didnt have my truck anyway. But the bug bit today and I went back to find a "SOLD" tag on it; I also missed out on both a Cub QuietLine 1650 complete but apart (the main issue looked like the starter as it was in pieces in a coffee can) w/ a 50" deck and a Kohler that turned by hand and felt like good compression for $135 (I have a starter here for that) and a '72-ish, SS 14 w/ cast Iron Briggs that ran for $100; I didnt ask price Fri., since I didn't see the "booth attendant", either time I went by; but I caught him packing up today;he had just agreed to set it out there for the Pastor of the church running the big concession stand on site; I guess someone bought it Sat afternoon and drove it away.

After I'd left w/o making an offer on that K 582 I got to thinking that since I have most of the makins for a Hellacious log splitter other than a pump; and thought I could make use of that motor even if it were "overkill" (maybe not for the cylinder I have though) so I figgered that I'd get a "last day special". but got "beaten" to it.
 

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the K 532 and K 582 are from the same family of horizontal engines.
53 cu,in and 58 cu,in..
i,m the onan guy, but i think the magnum 20 is not as large in the cu, in department as the K are ???
thank you. boomer
 

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AFAIK, the 532 and 582 use a conventional one piece block casting, they are not built up like the Magnum series. They also use an external governor. These would be very expensive engines to make today.
 

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Thanks guys, learn something new every day. Boomer, I too am a Onan guy, the closest thing to a "specialist" at the shop where I work, anyway.

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the k582 is not built up like the magnum? what does that mean, not as strong or not built up as in the magnum is built up from pieces making it prone to leakage?
Don, you passed up a k582 and it sold before you can go back and get it, what did it sell for? What style was it as the k582 had different config. crankshafts for different apps. trying to get an idea of a fair cost of one of these.
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it was a 582, I peeled the masking tape (freshly painted motor) off the ID sticker;
it had (IIRC) a 1-7/16" diameter shaft and it was marked $150 OBO. I shoulda gotten it the 1st day I was there (at least put $20 on it to "hold" it til I could come back w/ my truck)
 

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I can't believe you passed an engine up for 150 OBO?! I think that's cheap but I didnt see the shape it was in either, was it able to run so you can hear and see it work? Fresh paint may be covering up something?
I've been watching for k582's for awhile (8 months)and keep hearing how they are gold and seeing prices at 1000.00 and more when you do find them. There are so many diff. models, when you think you got one you find out it's the wrong model. That means a tear down to change cranks. Not worth it to me for that.
Thanks for the price info., I guess it depends also on the style/useage as for the cost. Mowers may be lower than one used in a bobcat I would think too. I don't feel too bad now knowing it wasn't the style engine I needed.:trink40:
Good luck finding yours.:trink39:
 

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if I'd have had the truck w/ me the 1st day instead of the Cherokee, I would NOT have missed out; it would be here at my house.
 
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