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Check ebay. You can get a complete new carb for $ 15. I have bought allot of carbs for my cub cadets and chain saws, weedwakers and have not had any troubles. Not worth the trouble rebuilding them.
 

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Check ebay. You can get a complete new carb for $ 15. I have bought allot of carbs for my cub cadets and chain saws, weedwakers and have not had any troubles. Not worth the trouble rebuilding them.
I've already shipped him what he needed. (y)
 

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Check ebay. You can get a complete new carb for $ 15. I have bought allot of carbs for my cub cadets and chain saws, weedwakers and have not had any troubles. Not worth the trouble rebuilding them.
You've been lucky. The China clone carbs are a mixed bag. I've had some work good, and some are just junk. Overall, the machining quality is far worse than the OEM carb. OEM is absolutely worth rebuilding.
 

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There's nothing in there some carb cleaner and a rebuild kit won't fix.
 

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I put it in carb cleaner 2 times and left it overnight both times. got most of it cleaned out but I had to use a wire brush and still didn't get it all out.
Put it all back together and it runs ok for now.
 

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Check ebay. You can get a complete new carb for $ 15. I have bought allot of carbs for my cub cadets and chain saws, weedwakers and have not had any troubles. Not worth the trouble rebuilding them.
to rebuild a cub carb properly is to have a business who specializes in rebuilding a cub carb the right way and no, not just a 16$ ''carb kit''' anyone can do themselves I mean replacing the throttle shaft with a new shaft and pressing in a throttle shaft bushing machining off the gasket surface flat then putting in a carb kit Besides I would rather keep using USA made parts and give a American a job before I buy Chinese or overseas parts
 

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to rebuild a cub carb properly is to have a business who specializes in rebuilding a cub carb the right way and no, not just a 16$ ''carb kit''' anyone can do themselves I mean replacing the throttle shaft with a new shaft and pressing in a throttle shaft bushing machining off the gasket surface flat then putting in a carb kit Besides I would rather keep using USA made parts and give a American a job before I buy Chinese or overseas parts
It doesn't take any special skills to rebuild a Kohler carb. The throttle shaft does not always need to be replaced, and if it is worn, pressing a bushing into the counterbore at the top of the carb will fix it, as it will ride on an unworn part of the shaft. Machining the gasket surface flat? Why? I've probably rebuilt 50 Kohler carbs and never found that to be necessary.
 

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You`re right. Give a American a job if they will do it and do it right. Getting harder to find them. I have worked at my job for 35 years and the new guys don `t want to mess with fixing anything. Its alI about buying new, I love the old stuff. I can`t tell how many carbs I have rebuild for Lawn tractor, Farm tractors , weed wacker, chain saws . Sometimes they work great sometime they are are pain. If bad gas has sit in them for a long time its allot of work to get them clean to rebuild and run good. I have had some with the fuel bowl that are full of rust. I have had luck with the china ones. No troubles so far. I do keep the old carbs just in case I would need them. I have two 1450 a 1000,122, 106, 72 and some attachments . I have allot of fun with these cub cadet tractors, they are built like a tank. I enjoy reading and keeping up with everyone on this web site. Take care and enjoy working on you cub cadet.
 

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It doesn't take any special skills to rebuild a Kohler carb. The throttle shaft does not always need to be replaced, and if it is worn, pressing a bushing into the counterbore at the top of the carb will fix it, as it will ride on an unworn part of the shaft. Machining the gasket surface flat? Why? I've probably rebuilt 50 Kohler carbs and never found that to be necessary.
some places will machine the gasket area then replace the throttle shaft [yes, the do wear]install the bushing install a carb kit clean the carb all for 85$ including shipping Sure, u an do this but do u have a supply of new throttle shafts and the bushings? There, I just saved a job for a fellow American and saved a USA part [recycling] and prevented another foreign made part to replace a USA made part on a USA made machine and I didn't cut corners to save a few dollars
It doesn't take any special skills to rebuild a Kohler carb. The throttle shaft does not always need to be replaced, and if it is worn, pressing a bushing into the counterbore at the top of the carb will fix it, as it will ride on an unworn part of the shaft. Machining the gasket surface flat? Why? I've probably rebuilt 50 Kohler carbs and never found that to be necessary.
 

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some places will machine the gasket area then replace the throttle shaft [yes, the do wear]install the bushing install a carb kit clean the carb all for 85$ including shipping Sure, u an do this but do u have a supply of new throttle shafts and the bushings? There, I just saved a job for a fellow American and saved a USA part [recycling] and prevented another foreign made part to replace a USA made part on a USA made machine and I didn't cut corners to save a few dollars
In 16+ or so years of dealing with small engines, I have never heard of anyone machining the gasket area on a Kohler carburetor. I can't imagine why that'd be necessary unless it was all corroded from sitting outside in someone's junk pile for a couple decades, and even then, that'd be the least of my concerns.

Throttle shaft replacement is rarely necessary unless either a) a bushing has already been installed and worn a new area of the throttle shaft, or b) it is the older style with the clamp-on bellcrank, and it was run too long with the bellcrank loose. If a bushing has never been installed, installing one will tighten it up, as it will be bearing on an unworn portion of the shaft, as I stated in my previous post. In the rather unlikely event it requires replacement, there is a kit available from Kohler, as well as a couple aftermarket suppliers. I've made my own bushings, but there is a Hillman hardware store bushing (can't remember the number off the top of my head) that works, and I'm pretty sure Kohler makes one, too.

All this stuff can be bought, and none of the work to install the parts is difficult. I suppose if you have more money than skills, then paying $85 is the right thing for you, but no way am I paying someone $85 to perform an unnecessary machining operation and spend 30 minutes installing a $12 carb rebuild kit. I'll save my money to farm out things I don't have the tools to do properly, like cylinder boring or crankshaft journal grinding.

I also wouldn't count on all of Kohler's replacement parts being made in the USA anymore...
 

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In 16+ or so years of dealing with small engines, I have never heard of anyone machining the gasket area on a Kohler carburetor. I can't imagine why that'd be necessary unless it was all corroded from sitting outside in someone's junk pile for a couple decades, and even then, that'd be the least of my concerns.

Throttle shaft replacement is rarely necessary unless either a) a bushing has already been installed and worn a new area of the throttle shaft, or b) it is the older style with the clamp-on bellcrank, and it was run too long with the bellcrank loose. If a bushing has never been installed, installing one will tighten it up, as it will be bearing on an unworn portion of the shaft, as I stated in my previous post. In the rather unlikely event it requires replacement, there is a kit available from Kohler, as well as a couple aftermarket suppliers. I've made my own bushings, but there is a Hillman hardware store bushing (can't remember the number off the top of my head) that works, and I'm pretty sure Kohler makes one, too.

All this stuff can be bought, and none of the work to install the parts is difficult. I suppose if you have more money than skills, then paying $85 is the right thing for you, but no way am I paying someone $85 to perform an unnecessary machining operation and spend 30 minutes installing a $12 carb rebuild kit. I'll save my money to farm out things I don't have the tools to do properly, like cylinder boring or crankshaft journal grinding.

I also wouldn't count on all of Kohler's replacement parts being made in the USA anymore...
well, the quest to ''save money'' and cutting corners to attempt to DIY is why most well used cubs we all find everywhere are butchered cobbled together on the cheap If for 85$ includes shipping and its machining the gasket area [if its warped] is part of the cost [and it needs it] This is not a extra charge then why protest? Going on the cheap cutting corners isn't how restoring a cub like a pro will do As a example, to save a few bucks why isn't using a dingleball deglazer on a cyl to ''bore'' it out proper? because its best to pay a extra cost to have it bored out ''the right way '' by a machine shop Also, where do u get a supply of new 1 piece throttle shafts? [not the kohler kits that give u a tap a screw and u need to reuse the top part of your old shaft ]? and how much do they cost? Then to take out those tiny small butterfly screws and press in a bushing reinstall new screws clean a carb can u do this in 30 min? Yes, some shafts are worn more than others just remember if your shaft has wear and never had a bronze bushing and u don't put in the foam throttle shaft seal on top where the bushing is u will be sucking dirt down the carb in this area There are very few people who repair cub carbs as a business around I would gladly pay 75 plus 10 shipping to have a business in the US to rebuild a cub carb [if I cant physically do it myself] than pay 15 on a Chinese carb
 

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So I'm a hack if I rebuild my carburetor myself, with an OEM carb kit? That's "cutting corners??" LOL...🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Dude, this ain't the space shuttle. IF (very big IF) for some strange reason the gasket surface was not flat, 5 minutes with a piece of glass and some 220 grit sandpaper would fix it just fine. This is an absolute non-issue.

Twice now I have told you that Kohler sells replacement throttle shafts. The one piece shaft will work in place of the two piece one. They have the same function.

I can clean and install a carb kit in 30 minutes. I've only had a few that have needed a throttle shaft bushing. That might take a bit longer, but not the days and days I'd have to wait sending it off to get it done. There are very few people who repair them as a business because its easy enough for the average person to do it on their own.
 

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So I'm a hack if I rebuild my carburetor myself, with an OEM carb kit? That's "cutting corners??" LOL...🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Dude, this ain't the space shuttle. IF (very big IF) for some strange reason the gasket surface was not flat, 5 minutes with a piece of glass and some 220 grit sandpaper would fix it just fine. This is an absolute non-issue.

Twice now I have told you that Kohler sells replacement throttle shafts. The one piece shaft will work in place of the two piece one. They have the same function.

I can clean and install a carb kit in 30 minutes. I've only had a few that have needed a throttle shaft bushing. That might take a bit longer, but not the days and days I'd have to wait sending it off to get it done. There are very few people who repair them as a business because its easy enough for the average person to do it on their own.
sorry, but its u who mentioned the word 'hack'' not me Are u still stuck on the part of machining the gasket surface? " Would u tell a business that will machine off the gasket surface to not do it even if it was part of the rebuild cost no extra charge? And btw how many used cubs have u seen or bought that to save 2$ they previous owners through the years cut corners? u know, like bailing wire instead of a cotter key a tube of silicone gasket in place of a real gasket rings upside down zip ties instead of a wire hold down clamps how about jb weld instead of solder using sandpaper to deglaze a cylinder when it needs bored out need I go on? If I had 2 identical cubs exactly the same side by side and both were for sale One had a machine shop restore rebuild it to new The other was restored rebuilt by a individual, which cub would sell first? Also being china makes things so cheap and we want to save a few bucks is why repairmen don't exist as they did in the 50s and 60s
 

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Robert, you're rather new here so I think I'm going to step in here before this gets too far into the weeds. Matt has been rebuilding Cub Cadets since he was a teenager. He is, I believe, well respected on this forum, he certainly has my respect. I believe he knows what he's talking about. I also believe that you have some valid points, mainly that if one does not have the skills, tools, or knowledge to rebuild a carb or some other part, it's better left to someone that does have the skills. Regarding machining the gasket surface on a carb, I've never heard of this either, not that it doesn't exist as a service. In any case, this thread was started as a want add for a carb float and I believe that has been found. :)
 

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Time to "CLICK" & throw away the key on this one Kraig.
 

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