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Old 08-27-2014, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Predator 301cc Engine

Has anyone used the Predator 301cc to repower their blower? I know the 212cc is the engine of choice for repowers. I have a Troy Bilt storm 2410 with a working Powermore 179cc engine. I'm looking to repower it with either the 212cc or the 301cc Predator engine. Let me know your thoughts on which I should use
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The 212cc is more than enough power for that small Troy Bilt. I would be afraid of breaking something if going any bigger. Remember, the 179cc on there is more like 5hp, the 212cc is more like 7hp and the 301cc is probably more like 9hp.

As for the 301cc, I don't think it has been out that long and I haven't heard much about them.

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if I changed the pulleys for the auger would it be able to handle a 8hp engine? I was thinking of getting the pulleys from a storm 2625. That unit has a 243cc engine on it. The auger pulley on the 2625 is 8.1 x .5. Don't know the size of the 2410 pulley. If you don't think that the bigger pulleys would fit then I'll just go with the 212cc
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You can change pulleys if you want. You are still going to end up with more power than that machine can handle. Heck, the 212 is enough to break the gearbox if you are not careful.

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if I changed the pulleys for the auger would it be able to handle a 8hp engine? I was thinking of getting the pulleys from a storm 2625. That unit has a 243cc engine on it. The auger pulley on the 2625 is 8.1 x .5. Don't know the size of the 2410 pulley. If you don't think that the bigger pulleys would fit then I'll just go with the 212cc
You'll be real happy with the power of the predator 212cc. I own three of them And the 212 predator makes at least as much power as my Briggs 8hp did on the Gilson made Montgomery Wards 8/26

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Will go with the 212cc then. Gustoguy do you think it will be an easy upgrade since the Troy Bilt and MTD machines are identical?
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Will go with the 212cc then. Gustoguy do you think it will be an easy upgrade since the Troy Bilt and MTD machines are identical?
My 5hp Tecumseh was a dual shaft engine so it was bit of a difficult swap. If yours is a single shaft then it will be a piece of cake.
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I agree with Shryp and gustoguy, the 212cc will be more than enough power for that blower. They are easy starting have good power and don't eat a lot of fuel. If yours is a dual shaft now you will have some modifications to do. If yours is a single shaft it may be a direct drop in situation belt and all. I have done several harbor freight re-powers. 3 with the 212 cc and one with the 340cc 11hp which is on my current blower. All have performed very well. I still have 3 of the 212cc engines new in the box from when they were closing them out. I got them for 50 dollars each plus 6 dollars shipping for a total of 56 dollars delivered to my door. Carl.
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It's a single shaft 179cc powermore engine. Only worry I have is shaft length on the predator. My current engine has the drive pulley,spacer, & the auger pulley on the shaft from the engine. Don't know if the predator has a long enough shaft to accomodate all the parts from my current engine. Most swaps I see only have the drive and auger pulleys swapped over. Do I need the spacer or can I get away without using it

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The spacer IS required to keep the belts aligned with the lower driven pulleys.

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