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Hello, I just purchased a Driftbreaker 10 HP 32". Its the grey color machine model number 536.882700. I'm thinking about repowering it. Would like to boost up the HP to around 13 or 14 HP. Any suggestions on a direct replacement motor. Would I have to change the auger pulley diameters for a larger HP motor. Thanks, Larry
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What engine brand were you thinking of ???????????? ALOHA from the paradise city.

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I was thinking about the Harbour Freight Predator. Is that a good direct replacement? Is there anything that would need to be modified (pullys, belts, etc..)
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I was thinking about the Harbour Freight Predator. Is that a good direct replacement? Is there anything that would need to be modified (pullys, belts, etc..)
Yeah that would work. might have to get longer/shorter belts. for that app.

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you would also have to drill out the mounting plate. i wouldn't go with anything smaller then the 420cc which will have plenty of power
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Maybe we should clear up "direct replacement". In almost anything you put on there you'll be doing some modification unless you go with another Tecumseh of the same dimensions.
The crankshaft diameter might be different requiring an adapter, drilling or a new pulley. The bolts or studs to mount the engine will likely have a slightly different pattern, spacing requiring some measuring and drilling and new hardware. If it's a bigger engine you may need to modify the linkage to the chute rotation crank rod to clear the engine.

None of this is really that big a deal and we can walk you through it. Many people have re-powered with all kinds of engines so you're not forging new ground , , , well unless you get really crazy with an engine. The 20hp twin cylinder on Geno's Ariens monster took a lot of fabrication to get that puppy fitted up.

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Thanks so much for your response. I love this forum. My goal with this driftbreaker is to blow the snow into my neighbors yard. I need the machine to blow about 60 to 70 feet. I plan on closing the 1/2" impeller to housing gap which should help. Will the original tecumseh 10 hp do the job or should I invest the money and buy the 420cc Predator ?
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hello bigragu, welcome to SBF!! why not start with an impeller kit first then if you are not happy with how far you are blowing snow you can go with a bigger motor

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I've rebuilt and sold one of the 536.882700 units plus I currently have a slightly older 10 HP 32" that I swapped the auger housing back to a 26" one. 10 HP has been more than sufficient for what I've needed to do and I've come up against some pretty stiff and deep snow in the past and it's always passed the muster.

If that one is deficient, what's it failing to do for you? I've not come up against anything a 10 HP won't take care of. Unless you're wanting to do an engine replacement just for the fun of it or bragging rights, I'd see about getting your current setup running right first.

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