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post #1 of 23 Old 11-23-2014, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Add a headlight to Craftsman snowblower

Hi, I'm new here.

I have a Craftsman Model 536 887990 and I would like to add a headlight to it. I see what looks to be a connector coming out of where the electric start is. It's a single black wire with a white connector on the end.

Any help on where to start would be appreciated.
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I see what looks to be a connector coming out of where the electric start is. It's a single black wire with a white connector on the end.
Welcome wingman.
Having the alternator installed already is a good sign.
Things can be very simple and basic like this incandescent one(stat about 3:15 in)
or if you want to go crazy check out the led thread.
https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...ed-lights.html
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Just to double check your machine, start it and hook a multimeter to the wire and the frame to see if you have 12 volts. Then its easy as pie to look around and find a light or led that fits your needs
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Welcome, and if you look around here, you'll find a thread on adding LED's to nearly any machine.

Found it!

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...ed-lights.html

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Thanks for all those quick replies! The wire and connector coming out looks exactly like the one in the video that dbert posted. cdestuck, thanks I will check for voltage. LED's sound cool.

I had a feeling that it may not be that difficult. I had a couple spare lawn tractor lights around here somewhere, and maybe I could use them.... I'll be back with more questions I'm sure. Thanks a lot all....
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If you go with Led make sure you read thread posted above because it won't be just connect and go. It would be connect and go with normal lights. Good Luck

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Thanks Normex. I am a little familiar with electronics, and I understand. Here is a question to all: I was just looking around and found Pilot Automotive NV-533W. These look like all I would really need, as I do have a driveway light, I just need to see around the snowbanks at the end of the driveway. Anyone have any positives or negatives on these?
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Another question to all: Where can I get a matching connector to fit the one coming off of the engine? Is it a Radio Shack deal, or can I order one on line. I'd rather not cut it off and splice the wire if I don't have to.
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Hello and welcome to the forum WingMan. Below are some links to information on your snow blower if you don't already have them.Your Craftsman model numer seems to have a Tecumseh HMSK90-156536E motor on it. "Your" engine model number is stamped into the recoil shroud near the spark plug, and if you have electric start the push button will be covering the number. The male light connector you need "looks" like the Briggs connector I linked, but not sure. I would just cut off the old connector and crimp on an insulated female Bullet connector.

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http://www.hammerwall.com/Download_Manual/6103/
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http://www.barrettsmallengine.com/manual/tecumsehlheadmanual.pdf
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http://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/b303p22/Briggs-Stratton-Small-Engine-Terminal-And-Wire/692306/1643493?ss=a22b303c57&mr=0

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Before you go buy stuff make sure the wire is coming from a stator and not the coil like the wire dangling off my snowblower's engine...
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