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Just how big?

Have any consumer snowblowers from any major manufacture produce real big high horse power models say above 12HP? Were there some real big old monster units?
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Yeah i put that 13hp briggs on my powershift. Tecumseh used 13hp when they supplied the toro powershift engines in the later years. After the briggs 11hp engines. That 420cc briggs engine is around 14-15hp that is used on ariens 32-36 models. Simplicty uses them on their 32-36 models to.
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Have any consumer snowblowers from any major manufacture produce real big high horse power models say above 12HP? Were there some real big old monster units?
Yep. There's 45" blowers with dual wheels and big engines and they are a beast to handle. Probably wouldn't want one unless you were blowing off a foorball field.

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PRETTY MUCH ANY THING OVER 15HP IS A V-TWIN ENGINE ANYWAY...
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plenty of big engines on newer stuff. Not so much the old stuff. The old ariens came with 7 hp up to a 32 inch bucket I believe.

The engines were different back then along with the running gear in the machines.

My person thought is that the old cast iron flywheels, heavier rotating parts, all the pulleys and gears in the machines themselves weighed so much more than today that once it got spinning the was a good deal of stored energy and that made up for the lesser hp.
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plenty of big engines on newer stuff. Not so much the old stuff. The old ariens came with 7 hp up to a 32 inch bucket I believe.

The engines were different back then along with the running gear in the machines.

My person thought is that the old cast iron flywheels, heavier rotating parts, all the pulleys and gears in the machines themselves weighed so much more than today that once it got spinning the was a good deal of stored energy and that made up for the lesser hp.
Do you know if any of the cast iron Kohler engines were used on snowblowers? It is my personal belief that the K Series Kohlers were and are the best/most powerful single cylinder small engine ever produced.
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Yep. There's 45" blowers with dual wheels and big engines and they are a beast to handle. Probably wouldn't want one unless you were blowing off a foorball field.
Those 45" ones are all made by MTD I believe. I think Cub Cadet and Craftsman has one. They don't have very good reviews if I remember correctly.....

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Cub-Cadet...SWE/203528197#
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I am a huge fan of the k series kohlers. 3 of the 4 snow sharks I have are sporting their original kohler k141 6 1/4 hp engines.

I have seen other blowers with them but have to remember. I know one odd ball single stage had a cast kohler k91 on it.
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Ariens has had several 13HP Pro series machines in recent years..
today, when we no longer have HP ratings, its had to compare current engines to older engines, but I would image current top of the line Pro-series engines are equivalent to 13HP, or more..

Current largest Ariens engine is:
21 ft/lb (420cc) "Ariens Polar Force Pro by Briggs & Stratton"

I found a discussion on another forum that discusses HP on newer engines,
and someone calculated that 420cc engine rates about 15HP.

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Those old k series kohlers were probably in the top five small engines produced in our lifetimes. Wisconsin had some mighty good engines too. I had 7 Troy bilt horse tillers and every one of them had a k161 engine. NEVER A PROBLEM WITH ANY OF THEM.
I just bought another Horse tiller that has the kohler m8. It was a $500.00 option on the Horse tillers.

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