Had a guy call me recently and said he had a Cub Cadet if I would come pick it up I could have it. Said the "engine is shot". I get there, about a 35 mile one way drive, and he has an LTX1045 sitting by the driveway when we pull in. My oldest son is with me and says "no way, that's not it". His wife comes around the house and says that's it load it up, man later came out of the woods on a 4 wheeler and said yep, good luck with it the motor is shot. Long story short it had a Kohler Courage 20 hp on it and yep it had some internal "issues" as it shook like something was warped on the inside when I I got the carb cleaned out and cranked it. I just happened to have a Kohler Command 16hp lying around the shop so I have stuck it on there and she's performing very well even with the smaller engine on it. I'm just wondering how long the 16hp will last or if maybe it is too much mower for the 16hp command. Any opinions welcome, this is going to be one of my yournger sons "wedding gifts" I guess and I want it to be something that will last. By the way it's a 2009 model and looks very good just can't get the pictures to upload for some reason.(edit, got it uploaded with the iPad somehow?)
Thanks rcbe, and yep the motor actually came from a guy who took very good care of the mower it was on. I cut with it again yesterday after cleaning the carb and it's running very strong now. I know the command seems, in my opinion, to be a better quality engine than the courage but I have seen a few good courage engines too just had a slight concern about the hp downgrade.
Actually I do run an add, goes something like this. "Will buy your old non-running, almost running, ran good when it was new mowers. Also will just "haul it away" if you just want it gone". And occasionally I get a reply or call that says "come get this thing out of my way!". You would be surprised but I have actually got much better equipment given to me than what I buy sometimes. Just this "throw it away" society we live in I guess, but hey, I ain't complaining, it turns into pretty good pocket cash sometimes. Actually picked up a 1018 with a blown engine one time with probably less than 100 hours on it for $20.00 the owners reasoning was he didn't want to charge me so much I would complain if it turned out I couldn't do anything with it????? My dad was with me and about passed out from shock I think when he saw me pay the guy and start rolling it toward the trailer. I just handed him the clip board and said "sign this here bill of sale" in my Alabama southern drawl.