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Posted October 18, 2016 - 01:54 PM

Ive had this for years now...

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Im wondering, since ive never messed with a wisconsin, what are they worth? Would i be better off keeping it? I was told it ran, does spin smooth.

Heres the data plate...
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Im guessing "S12D" denotes a 12hp?

Also, how pricy are these things to repair if i do decide to keep it for something?
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Posted October 18, 2016 - 02:40 PM

It's a 12 !/2 hp, it was built in 1969,


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 03:02 PM

It is the correct engine for my Bolens 1250. That is an excellant engine. I bought a running S14D last year for $100 and thought that I got a good deal. If you are going to play with Bolens Large Frames keep it. Parts are more than B&S but our sponsors can get them. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 03:21 PM

I dont have any large frames at the minute, couple tube frames though. Maybe ill hang onto it just in case lol

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Posted October 18, 2016 - 05:00 PM

A Wisconsin in my opinion was the best engine in the industry.

These S12D's were common on Bolens, Generators, Pumps ect.

 

Parts are still available , but some things are pricey compared to other brands but they are not as expensive as onans!


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 05:34 PM

Wisconsin are great engine, as long as they have points.  If they are the electronic ignition I want no part of them.


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 05:42 PM

A Wisconsin in my opinion was the best engine in the industry.
These S12D's were common on Bolens, Generators, Pumps ect.

Parts are still available , but some things are pricey compared to other brands but they are not as expensive as onans!


I belive my uncle who i bought it off said it came off a scissor lift??

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Posted October 18, 2016 - 05:59 PM

I belive my uncle who i bought it off said it came off a scissor lift??

 

Could be, these were used in alot of commercial and industrial applications, their twin cylinder models were common on warehouse forklifts.


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 08:02 PM

Yes they were as well as many military applications and as most know if the military used it it started out a good powerplant. Now finding miles spec engines is a prize for sure better shielding pistons and rings and usually tighter tolerances!




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