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OHV Tecumseh for MTD

Does anyone have any idea when MTD first switched to Tecumseh OHV engines for snowblowers?


I found a MTD 12/33 with an OHV Tecumseh Snow King engine, about a year ago, and can't find any info on it.

The machine runs great, clears a 130 yard long driveway surprisingly quickly, and is in mint shape.


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'88 I believe. Some pictures of the engine and machine would help a lot in identifying at least roughly what year it is.
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'88 I believe. Some pictures of the engine and machine would help a lot in identifying at least roughly what year it is.
I don't think Tecumseh was making OHV engines in 1988...

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they were, tecumseh has been making engines since the early 70s for the sears suburban tractors. those were the horizontal ohv engines with the troublesome electronic ignition(just try finding one, another reason to hate tecumseh). they were some of the better engine they made
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I have a 1989 Craftsman 32in snowblower equipped with a 12hp OHV Tecumseh.

Engine code is OHSK 120

Will post a picture later today for reference.

1989 Craftsman 12hp 32inch
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hello al, welcome to SBF, how about a pic of your machine and he motor

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The Tecumseh OHV serivce manual was copyrighted i n 1998.
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I don't think Tecumseh was making OHV engines in 1988...
They were. '88 and some '89s had issues with over advanced cam timing, they would kick back something awful. Guys used to break their wrists. I know of one individual the ended up with a broken jaw. I believe those were the first of the OHV Snow King engines.

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Here are a few pictures of my late 80's OHV 12hp Tecumseh.





It's on this beast ...


Like 94EG8 says it kicks back hard with the recoil but works awesome otherwise.

1989 Craftsman 12hp 32inch
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