Hey everyone!! Got a Bolens 1886-01, looking to possibly replace the engine. Anyone put a harbor freight predator 24hp in one? What would be a cheap alternative? I do not see "repower kits" around anymore. Its got the original Kohler K482s. Not sure if its carb related, timing related, or just plain tired. Runs hot, cuts out, stops, shakes like it has epilepsy. Shook so hard, it snapped the air filter threaded rod off!!! Really would like to get running good this spring.
I don't know what's wrong with your engine.
But, I'd say try to fix it before trying to replace it.
It does not seem to me that there is anything major wrong with your engine.
If the connecting rod is not snapped, I'd say it would be more economical to repair it.
Pull thing engine, remove the tins, clean it, tune it and bench test it, without using the old wiring.
If you do find something major wrong with it, my first choice would be another k series twin.
These engines were used in a lot of generators and industrial applications.
My HT 23 is using an engine from a cranberry harvesting machine.
It cost me $400 and has almost no hours on it.
I did have to make a drive shaft adaptor for it.
From your description, you may just need a liberal application of holy water!
Edited by Rock farmer, March 26, 2015 - 04:50 PM.