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Picked Up a FREE Craftsman 825 with a Thrown Rod

This craftsman looks nice. fairly clean .

picked it up free and the owner told me it was "running" when he parked it 3 years ago when he got a plow service.

well digging into it found that the rod must be bad. piston does not move when pulling over.

so my question is 1. is this worth rebuilding?

2. or would i be better off repowering with a Predator

3. what size engine? this is a pretty good size tracked Craftsman.

could I install a Honda 8 horse on this. i have some of those.
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first thing is see if it is a single or double pulley engine, If you want to keep the larger engine you could wait until the end of season and pick up one for $50 with a good engine on a rusty blower and repair it then but that would mean no blower for this winter, If it's a single pulley a predator would work IMHO but may not be a drop on replacement as it does match up for the Tecumseh 5 hp but the 8hp is a different hole pattern.

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One of the bigger Predators might be a better match for mounting pattern (and power level).
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dont asume rod is bad. he says 3 yrs, probably 8 yrs sitting.
remove spark plug and spray some reg. oil or penetrating oil down the hole and let it sit for awhile to see if piston is just stuck with some rust or gunk to the walls, might free up. utuber mustie1 frees up neglected small engines all the time.
was there oil in the engine?

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dont asume rod is bad. he says 3 yrs, probably 8 yrs sitting.
remove spark plug and spray some reg. oil or penetrating oil down the hole and let it sit for awhile to see if piston is just stuck with some rust or gunk to the walls, might free up. utuber mustie1 frees up neglected small engines all the time.
was there oil in the engine?
the engine turns over with recoil starter but piston does not move. it also has electric start and it turns freely. i'm assuming that the piston broke off rod. anyway it looks like a rebuild but not sure how much those parts and time is worth it.

i can wait on this. i wanted to fix it an d give it away . so you see i don't want to break the bank.

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i have a couple honda gx240's and am wondering if that would work with this craftsman 825.

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i have a couple honda gx240's and am wondering if that would work with this craftsman 825.
It's in the right power ballpark, so as long as you can find a way to make it fit on there, it'll do the job.
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i have a couple honda gx240's and am wondering if that would work with this craftsman 825.
As others stated, take the belt cover off and see if it has a single or dual PTO shaft.
If single you can use one of the GX240 engines (If it has a dual shaft engine it will be a lot more complex), mounting pattern would likely be the same.
What you'll need to deal with is the pulleys as they may be 3/4" , 7/8" or 1" bore and the GX240 shaft is 24mm (if it came from a snowblower).
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As others stated, take the belt cover off and see if it has a single or dual PTO shaft.
If single you can use one of the GX240 engines (If it has a dual shaft engine it will be a lot more complex), mounting pattern would likely be the same.
What you'll need to deal with is the pulleys as they may be 3/4" , 7/8" or 1" bore and the GX240 shaft is 24mm (if it came from a snowblower).
pictures with the belt cover off of this 8HP craftsman.

center drive and then one drive in upper right.

looks like i would be better off waiting for another 8hp craftsman motor to come my way unless i want to rebuild this one.
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thats dual shaft so yes wait for another to come along or rebuild it if you want/can

not worth rebuilding imo its worth 100 running

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