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Tecumseh engines

Hello all;
I am looking to purchase a used two-stage snow blower and I wonder if anyone has any opinion(s) on the Tecumseh engines. As an example, I saw a restored John Deere 32" path sweep with a 10 hp Tecumseh engine. I have read that certain maybe newer Tecumseh engines have a lot of repair troubles. Not sure if this is true or not.
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I gave my "old girl" to my son this summer when I treated myself to a new machine. The old blower is almost 40 years old, and he will be the third generation owner of it. I inherited it when my father died. It has the 10hp Tech MH100 on it and it's never failed to run like a champ. I expect it will keep on working for many years to come.
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Hello all;
I am looking to purchase a used two-stage snow blower and I wonder if anyone has any opinion(s) on the Tecumseh engines. As an example, I saw a restored John Deere 32" path sweep with a 10 hp Tecumseh engine. I have read that certain maybe newer Tecumseh engines have a lot of repair troubles. Not sure if this is true or not.
Welcome to the forum.
I believe Tecumseh stopped making engines maybe 10 years ago. I have had many of them myself and have never had a problem with any of them. I've owned 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 H.P. Tecumseh engines. I still have two of them. No problems. Now, you will hear from a couple guys in here that are not going to have anything good to say about them. Just letting you know.

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Thank you gentlemen.
The model No. for this particular engine is HMSK100 - 159432W and it looks
like the blower itself may be from back in the mid '90's. The owner restored it to pristine condition.
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My mistake. Mine was an HM100. I transposed the letters. The newer engines have been greatly improved, but the old Techs will still get the job done.
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A good test among others for a good restoration on the blower is to remove one auger shear bolt and see if it turns freely, if it does not then you should or he make sure the auger shaft is greased or oiled properly if not then your shear bolts are moot to protect your auger casing innards.
Remember, make this test with the engine off or even better remove spark plug wire as well. Good Luck and if you may report your findings here.

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Thank you Normex for this excellent advice.
Now for this snow blower neophyte, can someone post a snapshot/photo of what the auger shear bolt looks like and its location? Are there more than one "auger shear bolt"?
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Tecumseh stopped making snowblower engines in 2008.

I am using a 1971 Ariens with its original 1971 Tecumseh..
44 years old, and runs fine!



Tecumseh engines were used on probably 90% of snowblowers for 50 years.
They are very good engines..most are very long-lived and reliable.

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Thank you Normex for this excellent advice.
Now for this snow blower neophyte, can someone post a snapshot/photo of what the auger shear bolt looks like and its location? Are there more than one "auger shear bolt"?

depending on the size of the snowblower, there will be one or two shear bolts per side. (the terms "shear bolt" and "shear pin" are interchangeable and mean the same thing..)

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Thank you for the link Scot. Youtube is an amazing thing.
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