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#1 DanP OFFLINE  

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Posted October 03, 2016 - 04:52 PM

I have had a Troy Built Horse for over 30 years. It has had its share of troubles mostly engine, Tecumseh go figure. The last time I used it it sounded funny couldn't put my finger on it but I knew it was not normal. Well last night I tilled my garden for fall to get rid of some weeds. I got done and parked it in front of the garage and shut the fuel off to run the carb dry. about 30 seconds into that it went KABOOM! and then SWISH, SWISH, SWISH. I could hear metal parts being disintegrated inside. So I am in the market for a new motor. Any suggestions? 

 



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Posted October 03, 2016 - 04:58 PM

Are you looking for an older used engine or a new one? You could bolt a new one on for less than fixing up an old one. But the new one probably won't last like an old one.
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Posted October 03, 2016 - 05:23 PM

check out northern tool, i found they got best prices when I buy new engines, plus you can get coupons off the internet.
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Posted October 03, 2016 - 05:39 PM

look for a Kohler K181, or a M8 those were an option on those tillers, they made them with different crankshaft configurations, you want one with a 3/4" diam shaft. don't go with a Honduh clone or HF.... besides the advantage that these cast iron engines provide traction wise on a Horse,  the old Kohlers are very tough to beat durability wise.


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Posted October 03, 2016 - 07:17 PM

I always grabbed a snowblower moter from the local dump.
You loose the reverse. But, that's not a big loss!

Joe
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Posted October 03, 2016 - 07:27 PM

:thumbs: I agree

look for a Kohler K181, or a M8 those were an option on those tillers, they made them with different crankshaft configurations, you want one with a 3/4" diam shaft. don't go with a Honduh clone or HF.... besides the advantage that these cast iron engines provide traction wise on a Horse,  the old Kohlers are very tough to beat durability wise.

 


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Posted October 03, 2016 - 08:03 PM

I put a HF Predator on my Horse when the Tecumseh broke a cam shaft. Bolts right up with only changing the bolt in the end shaft. Works great and at only $99.00, quite a deal. Don


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Posted October 03, 2016 - 08:29 PM

I had close to the same thing happen to mine the second time I used it. I was done using it, it was sitting next to the garden idling while I cleaned up some trash. The connecting rod broke. It was full on oil, so not sure why it broke. The po may not have maintained it very well. I rebuilt the engine, I was surprised on how cheap the parts were. If memory serves me right the connecting rod was around $10.00. Just goes to show how cheaply the tech sub engines are. If I had to do it again I would look for a kohler K161 or K181.
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Posted October 03, 2016 - 08:51 PM

I always grabbed a snowblower moter from the local dump.
You loose the reverse. But, that's not a big loss!

Joe

not on a TB horse you won't


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Posted October 04, 2016 - 04:04 AM

    Those raptor motors are great , I put one on mu neighbors horse and he loves it.  $100 bolt on and go.

                                                                                                                                            Pete


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