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  • #16
    There have been horror stories concerning warranty, etc on the new Robin engines used by Miller. I have heard it from 2 dealers and 3 owners of the TB 301G with the Robin engine.

    My TB 301G was a Kohler powered machine. I really liked it and had absolutely no complaints. I prefer the Kohler for parts availability and its prevalence among engine powered equipment today.

    About 9 months ago there was a post from a Robin rep . Take a look at this and see what you think.

    Either way you go you will probably be fine. However, I have a good gut feeling about Kohler where I do not about Robin. I wish I could tell you more, but that is all I really know. That is my opinion and it is your money. Let me know what you decide.

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    • #17
      I am leaning toward the Kohler engine at the present time due to two factors:
      1) the ability to run LP Gas. a good thing in plant operations & free fuel from a few people I work with..
      2) The parts availibility.
      I have been told of poor factory service from Kohler but I have not been given the full facts yet. I will talk to my distributor a little more on this.
      In the discussion with the BoilerMaker , He kinda force fed me reality and brought me full circle on my initial feelings with Onan/Robin. Also received a notification from Jack with Onan/Robin that the engine could not be converted to LPG without sacrificing reliability.(and warranty)
      All the pieces are starting to fall into place.
      The positive for Onan/Robin Is it is rated with a little more horsepower and has a strong reputation for quality...
      Thanks Hawk for your help..

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      • #18
        Originally posted by lramberson
        I am leaning toward the Kohler engine at the present time due to two factors:
        1) the ability to run LP Gas. a good thing in plant operations & free fuel from a few people I work with..
        2) The parts availibility.
        I have been told of poor factory service from Kohler but I have not been given the full facts yet. I will talk to my distributor a little more on this.
        In the discussion with the BoilerMaker , He kinda force fed me reality and brought me full circle on my initial feelings with Onan/Robin. Also received a notification from Jack with Onan/Robin that the engine could not be converted to LPG without sacrificing reliability.(and warranty)
        All the pieces are starting to fall into place.
        The positive for Onan/Robin Is it is rated with a little more horsepower and has a strong reputation for quality...
        Thanks Hawk for your help..


        The Ranger 305G uses the 22 HP Kohler. A rental yard bought over 300-305 g before I bought mine. This info is from one of the smartest techs out here. He told me these guys did their homework on the 305 G. So did Lincoln as far as I am concerned.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by lramberson
          I have convinced myself the Onan/Robin engine is a better product than the Kohler but I will be sacrificing the ability to run LP gas I would like the lpg option but oh well..
          I have had several Onan powered welders converted to run on LP at my local Onan dealer. Unless they have changed something recently, it should not be a problem.

          My 2cents on the choice of welders, buy Blue and never look back..JMHO

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          • #20
            From The Hobart board.

            http://www.hobartwelders.com/mboard/...ad.php?t=10087

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            • #21
              Well the 302G Kohler unit is on the way, I have been researching this for over a 2 month period. Onan/Robin replied the unit could not be converted to LP/Gas due to overheating and possible head damage. Words from there own mouth...
              Thanks Hawk for your help & I will let everyone know how it works out...

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              • #22
                Good choice.

                Even if you never opt for the LP conversion the new Robin engines are not the same animal as the Onans of the years gone by. Fifteen years ago Onan would have had my vote, but no longer as you have already read.

                By the way converting the engine to LP will probably derate the welding output by a small percentage in 5% neighborhood.

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