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12-23-02, 12:40 PM   #1  
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Onan or Kohler?

I am ready to buy a miller welder with either a 20HP OHV Kohler, or a 20.5 HP OHV onan. I would appreciate any facts, thoughts or opinions as to which is the better way to go. The Kohler has a 24 month warranty, the Onan has 36 months. Should one offer better service, serviceability, or longevity?
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12-23-02, 01:59 PM   #2  
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IVE NEVER HEARD OF ONAN ,,AS FAR AS I KNOW KOHLER IS A PRETTY GOOD ENGINE.....THERES MY 2 CENTS WORTH

 
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12-23-02, 08:20 PM   #3  
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You need to go over to http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/a/5624/index.cgi . There are a couple of Onan experts there. I'm sure they could answer your question.

 
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12-23-02, 09:03 PM   #4  
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Onan to my knowledge is a pretty well-known maker of boat outboard engines.

They have been around for sometime. I believe it was D.W. Onan.

 
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12-23-02, 11:19 PM   #5  
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Hello cobra, Kohler and Onan are both very fine engines. If the Onan wasn't to much more than the Kohler I would go with the Onan. Onan is one of the quietest engines around. They are used a lot for RV generators......Mike

 
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12-24-02, 01:40 AM   #6  
Hello cobra!

Onan is one good engine. Kohler is too. I think Onan may be a notch higher though...I've never seen one give poor service. You won't go wrong with either though.


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12-24-02, 05:20 AM   #7  
My Two Cents Worth

Hello and Welcome cobra to the Do-It-Yourself Web Site and our Small Engine forum.

In my opinion, there really isn't much, if any, difference between the two engine choices. Both can and will preform equally as well. Each member and moderator have presented you with good information in which to compare the two engine choices.

A possible determining factor may be from whom the purchase is made. If you make the purchase from a large chain retail dealer, be sure there are service dealers in your area.

Large generic hardware chain stores and other such retailers often sell any brand their wholesale buyers can obtain cheaply, simply to make profits & help manufacturers clear old inventories.

Obtaining service repairs or parts may present a minor problem. Buying machinery of this type from a dealer is often the best choice, based on potential future needs.

And there you have it..."My Two Cents"...

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