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Is this a good Wisconsin type engine. TRA 12D. ? So the ad says.


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#1 propane1 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 11, 2016 - 08:58 PM

I don't know any thing about a Wisconsin engine. They are rare in my part of the world. I never had one. Is this an cast iron engine. What year about would it be. Hp rating. Better than kohler or not. Any thing ya can tell me, would be great.
Ad says out of a Bolens.

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Posted October 11, 2016 - 09:29 PM

Noel, in my opinion the Wisconsin engines were the best of any.

 

The main drawback to Wisconsin engines were their price and the high cost of replacement parts.

 

The 12 hp  TRA-12D would have been in some Bolens tractors built in 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1972.   

 

The brown (cordovan) color of the engine you pictured indicates it was from a 1969 model 1225 Bolens tractor, as the tractors for 1970, 1971, and 1972 were off-white in color.

 

The Wisconsin TR, TRA, and S models were cast-iron and very reliable if not abused.  .....As with most cast-iron blocks, they could be rebuilt several times before needing replacement.

 

These engines had tapered roller bearings to support the crankshaft.  ....Valve guides are replaceable when worn.

 

The S-7D, S-8D, TR-10D, and TRA-10D engines had magneto or battery ignition and used points and condenser.

 

If I'm not mistaken, all TRA-12D engines had solid-state ignition.  ....Others can confirm or correct this.

 

There are several manuals pertaining to the TRA-12D in the Wisconsin Manuals forum.


Edited by Bruce Dorsi, October 11, 2016 - 09:36 PM.

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Posted October 11, 2016 - 10:25 PM

They are very good engines if in good condition. I bought a new old stock TRA 12D this past summer. I was delighted to get it for $250. It hasn't even had oil in the crankcase. IF you have a need for it and the price is good, then go for it. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted October 12, 2016 - 01:58 AM

Looks like a bolens engine with the Brown But Might not be out of a bolens.Don't see the bolt holes on the crank side for the belt guide and the gas tank is mounted up a couple inches higher.PTO side of the engine just doesn't look like it was in a Bolens.

 

They are an awesome engine what ever it's out of.But they can be a little expensive to get parts for.


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Posted October 12, 2016 - 06:36 AM

They are very good engines if in good condition. I bought a new old stock TRA 12D this past summer. I was delighted to get it for $250. It hasn't even had oil in the crankcase. IF you have a need for it and the price is good, then go for it. Good Luck, Rick

 

That was a steal, Rick !!!!!!!!!!!!   :thumbs:

 

Looks like a bolens engine with the Brown But Might not be out of a bolens.Don't see the bolt holes on the crank side for the belt guide and the gas tank is mounted up a couple inches higher.PTO side of the engine just doesn't look like it was in a Bolens.

 

They are an awesome engine what ever it's out of.But they can be a little expensive to get parts for.

 

The tank is in the correct original position, as the starter/generator mounted below the tank. 

 

It also has the bracket on the cylinder head for the Bolens hood hinge.

 

On my screen, there seems to be faint indication of the bolt holes for the belt guide.

 

The sheet metal covering the rear of the cooling fins is also a Bolens part.


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Posted October 12, 2016 - 07:09 AM

:ditto:

 

I agree with Bruce


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Posted October 12, 2016 - 08:19 AM

I have to say that I agree with Bruce, also. Wisconsin engines are the best built small engines ever made. Yes, the parts are pricey, but you can see why once you tear into one of these engines.
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Posted October 12, 2016 - 10:13 AM

This one, the ad says, for parts or rebuild. $50.00

Noel




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