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#1 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted April 01, 2014 - 10:38 AM

I was out at Dad's getting soil samples from the fields & took time to speak to Dad's neighbor, a friend of mine from way back who recently moved here.  Had a good time talking, then he wanted to know if I'd take the old Poulan rider off his hands.  I said I'd wanna give him at least something for it, but he said he was 30 years behind paying me back for welding in a floorboard pan in his old pickup he inherited from his Grandpa.  I don't remember welding it in for him, but I did a lot of stuff for other people I don't remember.  I may go pick it up tonight.  No pics, but it's a Poulan with a blown 20hp Kohler horizontal twin.  Has a hi-lo gear transaxle which appears to be just like what is under the old Sears GT/SS series.  Tires all even all up!  Lots of parts, deck too.  Pics when I get it home.


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 10:42 AM

Congratulations, you cast your bread upon the waters. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Free is good, and another parts source is always good if you have a place to store it.


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 03:26 PM

Sounds good. I often wonder why so many tractors turn up with blown engines. I guess a lot of people just don't change the oil or clean the fan shrouds etc. Overheating seems to be a major cause of failure from what I've seen particularly in tractors used to mow. The clippings plug off air flow and eventually kill the engine.


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 05:26 PM

Doesn't appear to have a thrown rod, but not even checked to see if the engine turns,  The governor has blown apart & knocked out a tiny sight window.

 

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Lots of good parts.  Electric PTO clutch, starter, voltage regulator, switches, solenoid, carb and more.  All 4 tires are in good shape, not having any air added over the winter.  The mower deck appears to be in good shape, and all idler pulleys look like new.

 

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And a pair of driving lights I can put to use.

 

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Posted April 01, 2014 - 05:35 PM

I'm only speculating here, but a lot on that tractor reminds me of Sears tractors from the 80's. Wonder how close the deck is to a similar Sears.



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Posted April 01, 2014 - 06:22 PM

I'm only speculating here, but a lot on that tractor reminds me of Sears tractors from the 80's. Wonder how close the deck is to a similar Sears.

 

Yep, you have a good eye.  Sold by Sears it was.  The transaxle is identical to an SS16 w/hi-lo.  Has a twisted system of angled pulleys to transfer belt to the side pulley on transaxle. The deck looks a lot like the Sears models, and likely the same.

  Ends up BOTH rods are broken!


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 06:37 PM

I think they used that trans axle into the 80's. Both the Craftsman II & III that I have use that.



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Posted April 01, 2014 - 07:30 PM

Ends up BOTH rods are broken!

 

Wow.  That's a mess. 

 

I've only see that happen once, it was on a Briggs.  Both rods went out opposite ends, one piston came out and chunked itself between the crank and the camshaft.  The flywheel sheared off at that point, it came loose and went off center enough to rip the debris screen and shroud. 

 

It was on a newer Husqvarna I believe, it had a metal hood. 

 

The operator tells me that he was mowing a slope, and he was watching the thick grass shoot out from the deck when he heard something that sounded like two people banging on a tin roof.  Each rod came out the side and whacked the hood. 

 

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Posted April 01, 2014 - 07:46 PM

I've never seen a twin toss both rods before.  Must be a pretty rare happening.  Rare is a word to make things worth more.  Hmmm, wonder what this RARE engine could bring to the right buyer???   :rolling:


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Posted April 01, 2014 - 07:53 PM

Is the drainplug still in place ? Just asking .
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Posted April 01, 2014 - 08:04 PM

Is the drainplug still in place ? Just asking .

 

Hadn't looked.  But when turning the crank, one piston stuck out enough that I got it on out.  That crank journal looks in decent shape!  Hard to see good though.


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Posted April 02, 2014 - 07:23 AM

Just from the original description in first post, I figured it was a mid 80's based Craftsman.

Looks to be in really good shape too, well, besides the motor.



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Posted April 02, 2014 - 08:06 AM

Being it's obvious the governor exploded, but at least the one journal looks decent, I lean towards it over revving & the speed tossed the rods, not a lack of lubrication.


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Posted April 02, 2014 - 08:51 AM

Free is always good!  Maybe you can find a replacement engine for it and make a few $$$.






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