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Finished my 89 MTD finally

Just so glad I found this forum. Like I previously posted I was contemplating buying a new blower till I found this forum and saw a few of you redoing there snowblowers and I found that some were using the Predator engines. Well like I posted my 1989 MTD 5 horse was getting tired so I installed the Predator 212 ,all new bushings and bearings along with paint and new tires and this is how it turned out. Saved me a ton of $$ so to all that posted threads about rebuilds,restores or just redoes or what ever you want to call it. I thanks you all. I never thought about just redoing stuff till I came here. A few pics. Not perfect but oh so close. A little over spray here and there but plenty good enough for me.


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nice..

way to go.. looks great!. x-traks are the way to go too.. you'll like them.
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way to go.. looks great!. x-traks are the way to go too.. you'll like them.
The three no four things I like are the 212 engine,the Xtraks, the impeller mod and all the support here!!
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Very nice job. Love to see folks savin' old steel! Congrats. MH
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Looking great! Well done, Skidder.

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Looking Good

That looks great. It's likely more solid than most you can buy today and saving money is always a good thing. Well done.
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wow, that came out nice. a lot better than the **** mtd make today. does it have a cast iron gearbox?
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Nice rescue!

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MTD....2 stage(modern 8.5 HP) not my favorite
Honda HS622 TA-B - acquired at an auction- nice machine for it's size.
Toro S-140- Picked it up on trash day... it runs, sort of.
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Nice job Skidder. Looks a lot like the '87 5-24 I did about 4 years ago (has the same auger gearbox & housing). When I got her, she was really dilapidated, which was why the guy gave it to me. He must have run into some bricks under the snow because even the augers were bent (because he replaced the shear pins with bolts)! A lot of hammering and bending ensued, along with a complete new set of bushings & bearings and she ran quite well. There was even 1 tooth missing from the ring gear for the augers but that hasn't stopped her yet. The next year I swapped the 5 for an 8 HP Tec with a slightly larger auger pulley and an impeller kit. Now she throws like a champ, easily 40 ft. if not more.
Even if she's not an Ariens or Honda, all it takes is some proper, regular maintenance and smart operation, she'll serve me well for another 10 years at least (or until I finish the rebuild of an ST8-24 924050 that has already dragged on for too long).
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The bad thing about taking them apart is finding all the stuff you didn't know needed attention but in the end it's well worth it.
With the Predator and new bushings/bearings it's like new at a fraction of the cost.

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