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Old March 2nd, 2010, 10:51 AM   #1
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Default Bought a rider with 2 engines, what to do?

I just bought a Snapper hi vac rear engine rider (think forrest gump mower but newer) it is all in working order except the current engine pumps more oil than air and the original engine has low compression and no spark but is otherwise in very good condition (haven't looked at it's insides yet)

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Fix the current engine has 80psi (re-ring, find air cleaner and rebuild carb) 8 HP B&S elec start

re-build the original engine currently has 30pis and have everything work as it should (nothing rigged up) 8 HP Tecumseh elec start (I am told, will confirm HP later if different)

Buy a newer good running engine, put it on and not have any "fun" turning wrenches.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 11:41 AM   #2
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Find a woman with tons of and have her fix the techumseh.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 11:42 AM   #3
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 11:59 AM   #4
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have the two engines meet at a public place, bring camera.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 12:19 PM   #5
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I had the same mower.

I got the mower with no compression originally, broken valve retainer, which I fixed, but the governer on the old one got messed up. Ran great! Hauled serious ass, really, would pull wheelies. For 15 minutes. Then tossed the rod out the side of the block.

So I just put a new 8hp tecumseh (which is what was usually on there originally), ran like a dream. Kinda miss that mower, it was build really well. I replaced it with a larger craftsman(mtd) which broke every trip out.

I think I got it from tulsa small engine warehouse? somethign like that online, they were pretty cheap.
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 06:00 PM   #6
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Tecumseh is out of business as far as engines go. You may find one at Small Engine Warehouse on line though. Fixing a aluminum cylinder motor that is burning oil is a no win deal if you plan on keeping it. you can still buy the same rider new today, and yes they are a great machine!
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Old March 2nd, 2010, 09:10 PM   #7
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Buy a Wheelhorse lawn tractor. You will be much happier and still get to tinker around with it. The variety of attachments is almost limitless.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 08:17 AM   #8
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Find a woman with tons of and have her fix the techumseh.
She does have pretty big lemons, not that that would help her fix an engine. But the Tecumseh does advertise an iron cylinder so it might be better to rebuild.

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have the two engines meet at a public place, bring camera.
I am afraid the iron Tecumseh and the aluminum Briggs would react with each other, although it has been awhile since some was stirred up in my life so I just might do it! Any requests as to how you want to see them? Bare cylinder to bare cylinder action, shove a connecting rod into ones exhaust port, or are you more of a sword fighting connecting rods sort of guy?
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 08:23 AM   #9
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Tecumseh is out of business as far as engines go. You may find one at Small Engine Warehouse on line though. Fixing a aluminum cylinder motor that is burning oil is a no win deal if you plan on keeping it. you can still buy the same rider new today, and yes they are a great machine!
Whats so bad about fixing an aluminum cylinder engine? The Tecumseh says it has an iron cylinder (pretty sure it is a sleeve) The Briggs probably just needs new rings, although with as much oil that it pumps it might be tricking me and performing its own oil in the cylinder to check for ring loss test. (hope that makes sense)
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 08:34 AM   #10
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Aluminum cyl = plating = $$$ to fix
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Old March 4th, 2010, 12:09 PM   #11
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Ahhh, OK I talked to a guy down the road who runs a small engine shop and he recommended I get a new "greyhound" engine. He said he could also have a gently used engine the next day for $100. OR the cost of parts to rebuild the Tecumseh which will run about $130
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would pull wheelies. For 15 minutes. Then tossed the rod out the side of the block.
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