I lost a good friend :(

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  1. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    Well today I had my first engine breakdown in the 8 years I have been doing commercial landscaping.
    I was using my Fradan walk behind blower cleaning up those whirlywind tree leaves. All of a sudden the engine started to make very loud clunking noises. I shut it off, checked the oil, everything was fine. I started it back up. Took more effort than usual. It ran, the noise came back, but this time followed by loud thunks and the engine seized.
    Well I took the blower back to my house and checked her out.

    The engine is a Tecumseh HMSK80

    Here is what I found:
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    As you can see it looks like one of the two bolts which connect the piston to the camshaft became loose. All it takes is a little play and everything breaks. Well needless to say the bolt bent, caused the connecting rod to come out of harmony and bam, it blew a hole through the side of the engine.

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    After taking the engine apart I soon found out why it had been burning so much oil over the last few months. The lower oil suppressant ring was sheared in half. A small bit of it lay in the oil sump of the engine

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    Well the engine is completely dismantled now. All of the salvageable pieces were saved (carburetor, fuel tank, magneto, electronic control, throttle body, sparkplug, flywheel) and the rest of the metal was broken up and separated for scrap metal.


    Some history on my machine:
    I bought my Fradan blower back three years ago. It had a seized 8horsepower Briggs on it. It suffered the same death as my Tecumseh did today. Oh was today reminiscent.
    Well I swapped my HMSK80 onto the blower chassis and had to make some custom adaptors to mount the engine. (The Tecumseh snow-king engines are very short in vertical stature.) So I had to make a 1.375" spacer for under the engine. Than I had to machine a compression bushing to connect the impeller to the engine shaft.
    I had the engine running for about 8 months with the carburetor the Briggs had. I had to make a special carburetor adaptor.
    After it started to fail, I went ahead and bought a new Tecumseh carburetor, Intake manifold, flywheel key, electronic shut off, throttle body and a new magneto for around $170
    Well today marks about 300hours of use since than. All that money spent on an engine which is now dead. It is the last Tecumseh horizontal shaft engine I own. It will be replaced by an all cast iron Briggs Industrial Plus.


    It is a shame it died such an early life.
    It just goes to show nothing is made like it used to.
    The Original Briggs on the Fradan blower was manufactured in 1994 - It was an all aluminum engine
    The Tecumseh which died on me today was manufactured in 1987
    The Briggs Industrial Plus which is going on it hopefully by Monday is manufactured in 1972. 168lbs of iron producing 12horsepower
    The other two engines are barely 60lbs.

    My first real engine failure :(


    K-TRON
     
  2. boypogi

    boypogi Man Beast

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    condolence lol
     
  3. Bog

    Bog Losing it...

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    I thought somebody died... and you present us with a greasy engine?

    :p
     
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    TravisBean Notebook Evangelist

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    Ouch, snapped conrod, im guessing the block is scrap metal now
     
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    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    lol. :D.....
     
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    Snowm0bile Starcraftologist

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    aw man. that blows. I remember my first engine failure with my first car...a ford escort 98 haha that car was a POS.

    One time my friend went to shut the door and the whole door handle panel broke off...I couldnt stop laughing.
     
  8. houstoned

    houstoned Yoga Pants Connoisseur.

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    lol thats pretty crazy. lucky it blew when u were ridin it and not in yur face.

    i remember workin on alot of lawn equipment, back when i was 16. i was certified to work on 2-stroke briggs & stratton engines. RIP to that block :eek:
     
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    Shyster1 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Ouch! Tough luck there.:(

    Reminds me of the 73 Dodge Dart (225 cid slant six) a friend in college had - he never had any real trouble out of it until one night when he was driving out on the interstate, and the pump lever on the fuel pump seized up - the next time the cam shaft came around and hit that bugger, it blew out about half of the right side of the engine block. Needless to say, it shut down right there and then. My friend said that, at the time, the only thing he could think of was how beautiful and sparkley the trail of metal bits from under the car was.:D
     
  10. K-TRON

    K-TRON Hi, I'm Jimmy Diesel ^_^

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    Well I did the engine swap.
    It took a few hours.
    I had to go to the fire marshal's house to have the chassis welded up. He has a 10,500 watt Miller generator/welder on his GMC Topkick. Powered by a Kohler V twin of course
    We set the amperage to 95 amps and let it rip.
    The welds came out great. We knocked the slag off. Than grinded and painted it up.

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    I cut four rubber grommets for the replacement engine and bolted everything up. It looks quite nice and runs good.
    There is no muffler on it now because the muffler it had conflicted with the impeller housing. I need to make a manifold up for it tomorrow after church
    Than I need to connect the electronic shut off and throttle control. Than it will be as good as new. A little heavier, but not a big deal

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    As for the old engine, it was taken apart. I separated the aluminum from the iron. I ended up getting $9.37 for the entire engine at Gershow Scrap this morning. I also got a free Gershow hat

    K-TRON
     
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