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Posted June 13, 2015 - 09:54 AM

3 years ago I was given a Horse tiller with Briggs engine. I went through the carb and got it running. Used it to till the garden after plowing and cultivation duty. It would run fine for a while then it would act up and only run for a few minutes then cut off. It had electric start and I ran the battery down more than once trying to get it to crank back up. Long story short, I delt with this for 3 years, cussing and fussing at it. Thought about a carb kit but they were $40, HF engine is $100. This year i finally broke down and bought the HF engine. Took a few hours to put it on. Filled it with gas and oil and it fire up on the second pull. It has done that every time since then. Plenty of power and alot less headache! I should have done it sooner.

 

Anybody need a Briggs 8HP?


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 10:01 AM

I have thought about re-powering my Troybilt with one, but the ole Tecumseh just keeps going. 

I have only heard of issues of these motors on Troybilts with the low oil level if you tilt them back too far. 

 

I was actually watching videos last night on doing performance mods on those Predator 6.5's. i know it's not a big deal on a tiller, but you can warm them up pretty well with some cheap or DIY mods. 


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Posted June 13, 2015 - 03:14 PM

We have one of the 6.5 HF clones on our Troy bill horse. Just overfill the oil a little bit and it will be fine.
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Posted June 13, 2015 - 06:02 PM

I have an old tiller with a temperamental Briggs...Also have a 6hp knock off engine in the shed....Me thinks they is going to get together soon


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Posted June 23, 2015 - 07:54 PM

My Super bronco came with a Briggs labeled clone on it. Best small engine I have owned!
Always starts on first or second pull, burns less fuel than any other small engine I have owned
That is the biggest problem I have with it,
Used to till till my tiller ran out of fuel to take a break. Now if I want a break I have to shut it off?
And this engine is much more quiet than any I have owned.
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Posted June 23, 2015 - 08:17 PM

I have cultivated the garden 3 times and I am still on my first 1/2 tank of gas.


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Posted June 24, 2015 - 06:57 AM

What was needed for mounting, just metric mounting and  crankshaft bolts?



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Posted June 24, 2015 - 10:03 PM

For the one I purchased, I used the original engine mounting bolts. I had to get a longer 5/16X28 for the drive pulley. I also had to make a spacer to get the drive pulley to line up with the trans pulley. I think the spacer was 1/8 inch thick.


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 05:11 AM

I have cultivated the garden 3 times and I am still on my first 1/2 tank of gas.


How small is that garden? :poke:

Glad it's working out well for you.

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Posted June 27, 2015 - 05:21 PM

I have an old tiller with a temperamental Briggs...Also have a 6hp knock off engine in the shed....Me thinks they is going to get together soon

 

I swapped mine over today...took about an hour, mounting holes lined up perfectly. Had to drill one hole in the plate that holds the drive idler for the tines. Engine has been sitting in my shed for 5 years, new in box. Put some oil and gas in it, started 1st pull....runs great. 


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Posted June 04, 2017 - 10:25 PM

ugh.. predator... looking at a Horse with a Tecumseh HM80 that is about 1/2 missing.... or rather saw it at a garage sale last fall... guy had 2 of em.... I got an electric start Kohler M8 here that would go good on one

 

wonder how hard it would be to put a K301 onto one of those..... MORE POWER.....ha ha  I mean some of the "Big red" models came with an 11 hp Briggs,,, so why not?



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Posted June 05, 2017 - 07:18 AM

ugh.. predator... looking at a Horse with a Tecumseh HM80 that is about 1/2 missing.... or rather saw it at a garage sale last fall... guy had 2 of em.... I got an electric start Kohler M8 here that would go good on one

 

wonder how hard it would be to put a K301 onto one of those..... MORE POWER.....ha ha  I mean some of the "Big red" models came with an 11 hp Briggs,,, so why not?

 

 

Troybilt start using 7Hp Kohlers in Mar of 1978, 8Hp kohler in June of 1987, should fit.

 

Never seen one with a factory 8Hp Tecumseh, I think a 7 Hp was largest Techy ever used, before they switched to Briggs and Kohler.



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Posted June 05, 2017 - 12:28 PM

IDK if what's on these machines is what they left the factory with, just what is there now.... The Tech That is there is the big block version not the same series as the 6's (HH 60) and 7s it is their HM series like the snow King series.
But thanks for the info it is interesting.
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