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post #1 of 9 Old 10-27-2016, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Time will tell. Hello new to the forum. Just bought a Simplicity 860 with Tecumsh engine at a garage sale for $200. All I can say for it is that it runs. Spent all day on it today. Cleaned out the mouse house in the lower bay- yuck!
Put in the right spark plug -J19.
Changed the oil
Recycle the gear oil
Greased the chain wheel
Replaced the dive belts
Lubed the chute
Replaced all the hardware on the scraper and skids
Removed rust and repainted here and there


Probably need to check the carb. It runs a little nervous. Got good info on the blower but I could use a
Good engine repair manual. Im a rookie at small engine repair. Time will tell if I got my moneys worth.
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Hard to say without seeing it. I don't think $200 is crazy but I really can't say w/o pics.

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Time will tell. Hello new to the forum. Just bought a Simplicity 860 with Tecumsh engine at a garage sale for $200. All I can say for it is that it runs. Spent all day on it today. Cleaned out the mouse house in the lower bay- yuck!
Put in the right spark plug -J19.
Changed the oil
Recycle the gear oil
Greased the chain wheel
Replaced the dive belts
Lubed the chute
Replaced all the hardware on the scraper and skids
Removed rust and repainted here and there


Probably need to check the carb. It runs a little nervous. Got good info on the blower but I could use a
Good engine repair manual. Im a rookie at small engine repair. Time will tell if I got my moneys worth.
Welcome filthy! That's a bombproof blower!

Here's the Tecumseh L-head service manual.

...and if you find yourself stuck even with the Tecumseh bible in-hand, youtube can be a tremendous resource. Donyboy73 has a pretty good channel.


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Agreed lots of great vids to walk you through most anything. Be sure to check the the augers are free and not frozen to the shaft also.....and grease them too! ensure it has correct shear bolts in there and not hardware store bolts.... should make for a nice machine!

I am deathly allergic to shovels!


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Thanks for the advice. Especially the service manual. I'll inspect the augers for sure. Now to figure out attachments...
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Thanks again. Not much snow so far but enough to say this snowblower is a beast. New hardware on the skids and minor adjustment has this machine blowing the driveway clean.

Now if I could only find the air filter. I swear it doesn't exist.
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Now if I could only find the air filter. I swear it doesn't exist.
That's because it doesn't. You won't find air filters on snowblowers as a general rule.
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Yep, they need all the air they can get when it's cold out. The air box helps to warm the air up and also to prevent snow from getting sucked in. If it has been repowered at some point - it's possible that soembody used an engine from a tiller or something that would have had a filter.......

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