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Kt 17/19 kohler motors

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01-31-2003 07:05:12

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I am looking at buying a simplicity 7119 tractor.
It has a 19 hp kohler, (series 1 motor???)
Question is, are these motors that bad?
I assume this is the same model that the JD 317 tractors had, no one seems to like this motor??
If you keep them oiled and mantained are they OK?
Are parts available for them?

Any advice good or bad related to these old motors would be appreciated.

thanks Kevin

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02-03-2003 06:19:56

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 Re: kt 17/19 kohler motors in reply to kevin, 01-31-2003 07:05:12  

Thanks for all the follow ups.
Was there a series 2 version of this engine?
If the original engine does go bad, what can replace it?

thanks Kevin

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01-31-2003 21:18:39

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 Re: kt 17/19 kohler motors in reply to kevin, 01-31-2003 07:05:12  
Have got a KT17 in an Ariens. Bought tractor used in 1983. ( its a 78) was owned by a city (lots of hours) put pistons in it in 84. still running. Does have only splash oiling. Keep it full will not have any problems.

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01-31-2003 18:37:33

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 Re: kt 17/19 kohler motors in reply to kevin, 01-31-2003 07:05:12  
Engines were fine. Agree with Rick. The key is oil level and type. Sold many a Gravely with these engines. IF the owner kept the proper level and used 30w HD oil I can not remember one failure. BUT, let the oil go down, trouble. They just don't hold much,so when you lose some it makes a difference.Also we repaired JD's cause most of them were enclosed under covers. Made them look nice but raised the temp level around the engine. Higher temps-low oil, connecting rod time!!

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01-31-2003 10:39:27

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 Re: kt 17/19 kohler motors in reply to kevin, 01-31-2003 07:05:12  
Kevin, If properly maintained, the KT series I engines will live. Keep them clean so they can get air through the cooling fins and whatever you do, don't run on hills or banks too much. they just can't get oil in the right places on unlevel ground.

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