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Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start

I have a Countyline log splitter with a Kohler Command Pro Ch395 engine. I have had this for about 10 1/2 months. Started last week for the first time since the fall and it fired right up. Next day it fired right up. Once I shut it off, it will not restart. When I pull the starter cord it give one good pull then I feel tension and it is hard to pull. Spoke to the local Kohler dealer and they can't house a log splitter. They ask me to bring in the starter only but when I take the starter off there is no tension; it pulls and retracts without a problem. When I reinstall the starter there is tension in the pull cord and no start.
 
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    jfnewman@protonmail.com
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/10/04 21:09:18 (permalink)
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    I ran into the exact same problem today with my log splitter. Were you able to find a solution?
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/10/04 22:41:29 (permalink)
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    Maybe the pulley is worn and moving from side to side on the post.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/10/05 07:00:40 (permalink)
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    Are you referencing the recoil starter? If so, I removed it and made sure it was in good working order. That means it was not worn, it was securely in place and it pulled smoothly. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/10/05 18:05:38 (permalink)
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    I think it's call the control valve--it's the level you pull to engage the wedge to split. It has a safety shutdown when pushed all the way back. Make sure it's not pushed back--just pull it to you then try to start the engine. That was my problem.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/10/05 19:02:49 (permalink)
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    Precisely. Spoke with Kohler today and they suggested the exact fix that you did. Had a friend hold that lever in the "forward" position and it started with 1 pull. Thanks alot for posting your solution.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/03 14:49:59 (permalink)
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    I also have a CountyLine log splitter with a Kohler CH395 engine. First time changing the oil and got a question on the proper oil level. There are two identical dipsticks on this engine, one facing forward and facing rearward. At first you’d think it’s a universal engine and you could use either one. But they are different levels. I thought maybe the engine wasn’t perfectly level so I shimmed the tongue on the log splitter and used a level under the base of the engine to make sure it was level. If I fill the sump until oil just runs out of the forward dipstick hole, the rear dipstick barely shows on the stick. Not sure what to make of this I measured the distance from the concrete floor to the bottom of both fill holes. The forward hole is 9-1/8 inches from the floor and the rear hole is 9-3/4 from the floor. So the rear dipstick/fill hole is 5/8 inch higher than the front hole. Which is correct? I’m inclined to go with the oil level filled just to the point where it runs out the lower of the two fill holes. Why the discrep in these two dipstick/fill levels? I want to make sure I have enough oil in it but don’t want to overfill it. Makes no sense to me, at least not yet.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/03 15:20:49 (permalink)
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    What is the spec number of the Kohler engine?
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/03 15:52:52 (permalink)
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    Before I go out in the garage and crawl around where is the spec number located on the engine? There must be a serial number on it too, unless that’s part of the spec number. And thanks.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/03 16:58:15 (permalink)
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    With Kohler engine it is usually on the side of the engine shroud. And the serial number for the number is also on the same label.
    post edited by AVB - 2020/11/03 17:02:05
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/03 19:06:34 (permalink)
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    Spec is CH395-3149. Serial number is 5014302728.
    AVB
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/04 07:41:33 (permalink)
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    One of those plugs is supposedly a dummy plug. According the information in the owners manual the fill/check plug is the one nearest the drain plug. With the Recoil facing you that would the one on the right hand side.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/04 08:47:16 (permalink)
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    There are two identical drain plugs, on opposing sides. Both drain plugs are a threaded bolt with an aluminum sealing washer under the head. If you are facing the recoil there’s one on the right and one on the left, right at the base of the block. There’s a fill/check port right above both drain plugs. Both of them are occupied by the little yellow plastic Kohler dipstick with the rubber sealing washer. The two dipsticks are identical. But the block appears to be cast such that one fill is higher than the other.
    I noticed the manual says the crankcase should hold just over a quart of oil. I refilled it with just under a quart until it overflowed the left fill hole. Assuming the engines are correctly pre-filled when shipped I may stop by a Tractor Supply that has my model wood splitter in stock and check the oil.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/11 16:52:28 (permalink)
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    Just to close the loop here, I stopped by a Tractor Supply store today and checked the oil level on a 30-ton splitter like mine. Those engines are shipped to their stores with the oil pre-filled. The oil was filled to a level that just overflows the higher of the two fill/check ports. So if you were facing the recoil side of the engine, the port you should fill and check is the one on the right. It took almost 1.5 quarts to refill. I still don’t know why they’d have a second identical port on the opposite side of the engine that would overflow with a little under a quart of oil added. It would seem no matter the application for this engine that it should filled to the same level.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/11 17:27:03 (permalink)
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    Probably for limited clearance applications that require a dipstick.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/11 18:59:01 (permalink)
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    Maybe, but that’s dangerous for them to cast the block with two different height fill/check ports. It could easily lead to running the engine with less oil in the sump than it should have. There are two identical yellow dipsticks on the engine and both are accessible. You’ve got a 50% chance of choosing the right one.
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    Re: Kohler Command Pro Ch395 - Log splitter will not start 2020/11/12 02:09:56 (permalink)
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    According to the owners manual the refill amount should have been 1.16 US quarts (1.1 liters) and this should have put oil level on the dipstick to the mid range.

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