Golf course managers are responsible for replacing parts in their course mowers, golf carts, trucksters when they begin to or completely go out. With proper maintenance, these kinds of replacements happen fairly infrequently. The engine may seem like one of the most difficult parts to replace because of the many details and factors that make up a good engine. It does not have to be difficult however.
When looking for a new or rebuilt small engine, there are several major factors to consider before making a purchase. Small engines vary depending on brand, size, and purpose of use but basic quality factors should be considered standard. Keep the following in mind as you look for a replacement small engine.
Power and Durability
When looking at various brands of small engines or refurbished engines, gauge and compare the power levels. You want to make sure that your replacement engine provides equal or better power than your existing engine. Have your current engine make and model with you and ask your salesperson or online retailer how it compares to the one you are looking to purchase.
It should also be a durable piece of machinery. Ask someone knowledgeable about the life expectancy of various small engine models or rebuilt engines. Additionally make sure that it can withstand heavy use in various weather and terrain conditions.
It is good to understanding how environmentally friendly the new or rebuilt engine is. Brands like Kohler and Briggs & Stratton have a reputation for building small engines that are less harsh on the environment because they give off less pollutants into the air and ground. They also tend to be more fuel efficient.
Get a Warranty
Always look for a good warranty on any small engine. While new engines nearly always come with a 1-2 year warranty, rebuilt engines do not. Always ask before purchasing to see what sort of warranty you can be guaranteed. A warranty will help in the event that your rebuilt engine has an existing problem when it arrives or it ends up being the wrong model or fit for your needs.
Buying a new or replacement small engine is an infrequent experience. Don't feel that you need to know everything about them in order to make a good decision. If you are unsure about what to buy, look first at brands that you know have a good reputation for creating robust, sturdy equipment that you can trust. Ask people you know what engine is in their carts, mower or other small engine equipped vehicle. Most will tell you of a small handful of well-known, respected brand names that you can then take to your retailer or online sales person to see about matching up a brand with the engine or rebuild kit you need.
When purchasing new small engines or when buying rebuilt small engines, take the time to assess some of these key factors before making a purchasing decision. This way you will increase your chances of getting the best, most reliable piece of machinery possible.
~Ben Anton, 2008
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