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Wow!! Craftsman Quiet Technology

Just finished up some carb work on the new Craftsman Quiet Technology engine. It is a 208cc and all I can say is wow. This thing is Quiet. I believe there claim is the upgraded exhaust that doesn't rob power as well as reduce engine noise by about 45 percent The machine noise level is comparable to using my Honda push mower. By far the quietest snowblower I've ever operated and I've had my hands on many blower brand motors including Honda, Yamaha, Tecumseh, Briggs, Predator, and Mitsubishi.
Im not positive on who the manufacturer of the engine is. Maybe someone with more expertise can decipher the engine maker.
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I took the photo that contains the QR code, cropped out the code, and uploaded it to a on-line QR code reader..

the engine is made by Zongshen.

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it would be nice to have a quieter snowblower but I just don't want a craftsman

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Zonghsen? Any known history. I thought it would be a modded version of LCT, Lifan, or the likes. I hear you on not wanting a newer craftsman. But give some time and if a donor machine pops up I'll snag it. This thing was a pita to work on ass well. Very tight access on the spark plug. Many screws, covers, knobs had to be removed to remove carb.

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Zonghsen is one of the well known Chinese engine manufacturers..their name has come up here before..

Info on Zongshen:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongshen

and a quote from an old thread:

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This was posted by "snowmann", who works for one of the snowblower manufacturers, and is well-versed on the situation:

MTD uses Zongshen.
Toro uses Loncin.
Ariens and Husqvarna use Briggs and LCT.

(that is four different Chinese manufacturing sites/companys..including Briggs as Chinese-made)

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Thanks Scot. Glad to know they are well established. I'm on a learning curve with the newer engines. I've always stuck with the older machines for my personal use. I've been doing more repairs for others lately and learning the ins and outs of the chinese engines seems inevitable.

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I have the same engine on my Cub Cadet. It's been a great engine. I have over 20 hours on it with no problems.

It looks like the muffler is much larger on the Craftsman. The engine on mine isn't noisy, but it's not what I'd call quiet either!


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that's exactly the same engine on my Craftsman when I bought it with a broken rod in it. I looked at the cost of a new rod and crank and decided repower it with a Honda GX instead. If anybody wants the Zongshen for parts let me know. Otherwise I'll part it out on Ebay and scrap the rest. The PO bought it new and I guess figured it would have oil in it (why would you not check that !!?). So I traded him an older running machine for it..... I like it. The Zongshen engines are pretty decent and becoming very common.



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Yes caddy it appears to to be a very commonly used block after doing some research. The Sears Craftsman sight says the quite design is in the muffler. I wonder if any internals are differed from the other 208 blocks. If it were my machine i would rip it apart. But owner is picking it up today so that's a no go.
Bad69cat if you were any closer to me I would snag it in a heartbeat.

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Zongshen makes some great bikes, too. The California Scooter Company imports a 250cc single dual sport with a windscreen, crash guards, AND luggage for something like $3,500. That's FOB, though, so if you have one you have to go to CA to get it.

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