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#1 gardentractornut OFFLINE  

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Posted May 11, 2015 - 07:42 AM

Got a question for you historians, why did Bolens use the engines they did? So, they used the Wisconsins in lots of 'em, but then they switched to Techumseh. Why? Tecs have always seemed to me to be a cheaper and lower quality than even Briggs. Am I wrong on this? Why would they go from something with so much quality, to something not nearly as good?


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 07:45 AM

Cost and availability. Everything comes down to the almighty dollar.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 08:31 AM

Bolens was always a step ahead and often years ahead of their time, when Tecumseh came out with the electronic ignition on their HH series it was a big deal and maintenance free on an ignition system was a big selling point, plus the largest engine that Wisconsin made that fit into a tubeframe was the 12HP TRA12D while Tecumseh had 14HP,15HP,16HP engines available


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 08:35 AM

Along this same line, did Bolens ever use a Craftsman engine? Did Tech ever make a Sears engine? Looking at a tractor, 125?, with a G12 hood and a craftsman engine. Hack job I think but if it runs and works?

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Posted May 11, 2015 - 08:44 AM

Tecumseh made alot of the "Sears Engines". Sears used who ever they could squeeze the most.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 09:23 AM

Along this same line, did Bolens ever use a Craftsman engine? Did Tech ever make a Sears engine? Looking at a tractor, 125?, with a G12 hood and a craftsman engine. Hack job I think but if it runs and works?

 

Craftsman never made an engine, they would order them from Tecumseh with their branding stamped into them, alot of manufactures did this.


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Thanks much for that info.  You confirmed what I thought.  So that Craftsman engine would probably be an original engine made by Tech.  All the numbers are Sears numbers so will have to go that route for parts.  It needs a starter right off.



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Posted May 11, 2015 - 11:55 AM

Funny that Bolens quit the wis. engine ,that they didn't go with more Brigs... They were built in the same town.(  or neighboring towns ) Milwaukee , Wi.

 

Like Critter said,,,, cost ..     Did  Brigs make a Horizontal back then..???


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 02:52 PM

Funny that Bolens quit the wis. engine ,that they didn't go with more Brigs... They were built in the same town.(  or neighboring towns ) Milwaukee , Wi.

 

Like Critter said,,,, cost ..     Did  Brigs make a Horizontal back then..???

Briggs has been making horizontal engines for a long time


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 05:45 PM

Funny that Bolens quit the wis. engine ,that they didn't go with more Brigs... They were built in the same town.(  or neighboring towns ) Milwaukee , Wi.

 

Like Critter said,,,, cost ..     Did  Brigs make a Horizontal back then..???

Look at all the old Gardeners, Power Hoe's etc.  also the David Bradley tractors that had the Briggs horizontal engine.


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Posted June 02, 2015 - 01:07 AM

Look at all the old Gardeners, Power Hoe's etc.  also the David Bradley tractors that had the Briggs horizontal engine.

and those ww2 generators.

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