back story; I have my mother in law's CCR 2450 Toro snow blower here. I made a cardinal sin in working on it. Besides all the in law jokes, that is. My brother in law said he'd been borrowing some one else's blower because the paddles are so shot and not being at all the "mechanical" type he has no clue where to even start looking for parts let alone how to begin replacing them (its so easy) other than going to the Toro stealership.
So I ordered paddles, a new cutting edge, and belt online. I then saw the lower housing was rusted completely thru and the handle attaching tabs were nearly busted out. so I ordered that, another week and a half wait. from an Ebay seller that as it turns out is only about 40 miles away....
Here's where I screwed up. I (usually) check the engine on a machine 1st, make sure it at least runs before I put any $$$$ into the machine itself. This time I took my brother in law's word that "yeah it runs, just don't throw much snow because of those rubber strips being shot"...
So I ordered $90 worth of parts with tax and shipping, and put them on. I was gonna just toss it into the Jeep at that point and take it back, I did what was asked of me.. but I figured nawww I better fire it up just to be sure before I run it back up there.... and guess what... dead as a doornail. No spark. OK so I disconnect the on/off switch to eliminate that as a possibility of why it was dead and same result.
great. So take it all back apart and head to Farm and Fleet with old coil in hand looking for a new one.
For some unknown reason they seem to think this Coil is worth $96 PLUS $5 "special order fee and tax. this is an OEM Briggs coil they are pricing me.
So back home and onto Ebay/Amazon etc with the part number.
The cheapest I can find the exact OEM Briggs coil is $69 Theres a guy advertising "brand new take offs" for about $40 the same guy 40 miles away that I got the lower housing from.
But... I find several aftermarket versions starting at $19 (Amazon) $23 (Ebay)
cmon I can buy a whole new motor for less than $300.... that coil is worth over 1/3 the value of a complete engine? I call BS.
The OE Briggs number is 801268. Toro and Lawnboy show a number of 99-2911 a number that crosses over several times. and these cross overs are what I'm finding for $20-some. The OE Toro Lawn boy numbers also sell for about $65-70 on Ebay.
Here comes the opening of the can of worms....
My question (maybe obvious by now) What's the difference between the aftermarket (as of yet IDK a brand name) and the OE Briggs or Toro/Lawnboy? other than the price that sellers are wanting for each version of this coil? should I spend 3X as much and order the OE one? Is it any better?
I do know this... Engine companies don't make electrical components, they source them out. Even years ago I remember the Briggs coils saying "Belden" on them...
I do know that I cant bring myself to trust the cheap rebuild kits that consist of chinamade rings pistons valves and connecting rods, going with OE on internal parts.
but even then the OE Kohler piston and rings I got for a 12 HP Magnum last year, the piston is stamped "made in India" did they lave off the "na" meaning it was really "made in Indiana"?
On this snow blower I am spending (hopefully) someone elses money, but when ever I work on their stuff there's at least a 50-50 chance that its my own money that winds up getting spent. Ive been stung by them before. (the "in law" thing working here)
so there is a sense of "damage control spending" vs not wanting to have to do the job again in a year working here too.