Northland Pines High School Small Engine Program Receives
New Kohler and Honda Engines
Friday October 28, 2011, Northland Pines High School Technology and Engineering Instructor David Justice went to Fox Valley Technical College (FTVC) in Appleton, Wisconsin for Small Engine Instructor training. For attending this class Kohler Corporation donated 24 new Courage XT-7 vertical crankshaft small engines and Honda Corporation donated 1 new GVC 160 overhead camshaft vertical crankshaft engine. The donated engines have a retail value of at least $5000.00. Kohler will be donating over 6,000 engines to small engine high school programs throughout the state of Wisconsin in the next couple of months. For over 10 years students have had to bring in old engines from home to clean, disassemble, measure and reassemble. Many older engines were not able to be restarted due to broken and/or missing parts and the cost for new parts to make the needed repairs. Also, many older engines do not have the same technology as today’s modern engine design. Older engines do not have the new overhead valve (OHV) system. Having one engine design will allow students to fully understand how an OHV engine operates and is constructed. They will learn how to measure and set the space between the pushrods and rocker arms in the cylinder head. The students will be required to start the engines before the tear down begins and after reassembling to ensure students have rebuilt the engines properly. Without this donation students would not be able to work on new OHV engines. A very special thank you goes out to the Kohler and Honda Corporation and to Dale Dress FVTC instructor for setting up this donation to our small engine program.