Originally Posted By taptap:
Where to start....
First the Kohler v twins had some shit head gasket issues, they went through several redesigns and material changes. Maybe it was bad engineering, maybe they get eaten by unburned high ethanol fuel in the cylinder - either way it will be smoking and burning oil in 4-5 years *unless they've finally resolved the problem*. But hey, if you mow at dusk the mosquitos won't bother you.
my new head gaskets are on the second season so can't help ya beyond that.
Second - never, ever, ever, don't buy a stamped mower deck. Don't do it. Just don't. Buy something with a properly thick fabricated (flat cut steel / welded) deck.
I don't care if they are calling it 'reinforced' etc, the thin stamped deck will flex and cause spindle bearing / shaft issues. How do I know this? My Husky mower is good for eating a spindle shaft each season - like clockwork, usually prior to or immediately after a vacation when the yard is going though a heavy grow spurt......just when you don't have time to fuck around with it.
Beyond that the mower drive belt will last ~3 years (or 3 spindles...Ha!). My main drive belt just shredded following the first mowing of the year @ year 6 I believe.
Truth. Keep in mind also, that unit has the cheap/Chicom Kohler Courage, not the Command.