Power King 1217

Power King 1217The Power King 1217 is a garden tractor model from the 1200 series, manufactured from 1983 to 1987 by Power King (a part of Engineering Products Company) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA. It was available in two-wheel drive (2WD) version.

The Power King 1217 is equipped with a 691 cc (42.2 cu·in) V-twin gasoline engine with 79.25 mm (3.12 in) of the cylinder bore and 69.85 mm (2.75 in) of the piston stroke, and one of two transmissions: a shaft-driven gear transmission with 8 forward and 2 reverse gears or a shaft-driven hydrostatic transmission with infinite forward and reverse (2-range) gears.

The Power King 1217 garden tractor features:

  • The Kohler KT17 gasoline engine which produces 17.3 PS (12.7 kW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm of horsepower
  • Manual steering
  • Disc brakes
  • Open operator station
  • Sleeve hitch (optional)
  • Independent front PTO with electro-magnetic clutch
  • Independent (optional) rear PTO with 2000 rpm

General specifications

General Specifications
ModelPower King 1217
Tractor typeGarden tractor
Production years1983-1987
FactoryWaukesha, Wisconsin, USA
Dimensions and weight
Length1,720 mm (67.7 in)
Width1,040 mm (40.9 in)
Height (steering wheel)1,070 mm (42.1 in)
Wheel base1,210 mm (47.6 in)
Fuel capacity
Fuel tank capacity18.9 liters (5 US gal.; 4.2 Imp. gal)


Engine Specifications
Engine modelKohler KT17
Engine type4-stroke, L-head, V-twin
Displacement691 cm3, (42.18 cu·in)
Cylinder bore:79.25 mm (3.12 in)
Piston stroke:69.85 mm (2.75 in)
Max. horsepower17.3 PS (12.7 KW; 17.0 HP) at 3,600 rpm
Cooling systemForced air
Air cleanerReplaceable, paper element
Ignition systemBattery ignition system
Fuel systemCarburetor
Fuel usedGasoline (octane number 86 or higher)
Starting systemElectric starter, 12V
GovernorCentrifugal governor
PTO shaft rotationCounterclockwise (from PTO shaft side)
Dry weight53.5 kg (118 lbs)
Intake valve clearance:0.076-0.152 mm (0.003-0.006 in)
Exhaust valve clearance:0.278-0.354 mm (0.011-0.014 in)
Oil system
Oil type:SF or SG
Recommended oil:5W-20, 5W-30, 10W-30, 10W-40
Oil capacity:1.4 L (1.48 US. qt, 1.23 Imp. qt.)
Oil pressure:More then 3.5 kg/cm2, 50 psi
Fuel system
Fuel pump typeMechanical
Fuel filter typeIn-line
Ignition system
Type:Battery ignition system
Spark plug:Champion RV15YC
Spark plug gap:0.635 mm (0.025 in)
Spark plug torque:14-20 Nm; 1.4-2 kgf·m; 10.3-14.8 ft·lb
Breaker point gap0.432-0.580 mm (0.017-0.023 in)

Transmission and chassis

Chassis, steering and brakes
Chassis4×2 2WD
Steering typeManual
BrakesDisc brakes
Transmission manufacturer or model
Transmission typeShaft-driven gear
Gears8 forward and 2 reverse
Transmission № 2
Transmission manufacturer or modelEaton 11
Transmission typeShaft-driven hydrostatic
GearsInfinite forward and reverse (2-range)


Front tires Lawn/turf: 16×6.50-8
Rear tires Ag: 23×10.50-12

Rear Hitch

Three-Point Hitch
CategorySleeve hitch (optional)
Control type
Lift capacity (at ends)

PTO (Power take-off shaft)

Front PTO typeIndependent with electro-magnetic clutch
Front PTO speed
Rear PTO typeIndependent (optional)
Rear PTO speed2000 rpm

Electrical system

Electrical system
Charging system
Charging amps15A


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