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So, got this 1979 Toro 1132 with an 11hp brigs on it that is not running. If I were to swap out the motor, the 13hp Harbor Freight seems bit pricey for an east asian import. Should I try to get this old brigs running or just toss it? If I toss it, I'm leaning more towards a quality replacement. Any ideas?

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Me? I'm cheap unless I see the benefit. There's a big benefit of the Chinese engines and I don't want to spend the money! Get it running then see what you need to do. If the engine ain't broke, then it should be easy.

It's a shame Harbor Freight jumps from 8 to 13 with no in between.

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It does turn. Not seized up. Soo there is that. Oil looks nice, almost fresh.

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Waiting on a carb kit. Think I might try the propane trick if I can get the electric start to work.

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Why not just hit it with a shot of Ether??? Quick EZ test. Go or No-Go, you'll know if it's fuel or not.....
It's usually cheaper and easier to repair what's on the machine.....Quicker too. And NO modifications. Then it it runs, you can evaluate the rest of the machine before you get too deep. If changing the motor anyway, the old unit has value too.

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I'd do a compression check and an ignition check while waiting on the carb. The older Briggs engines were pretty solid. I think the odds are you can get it running.

As for Harbor Freight's "Predator" engines, the locals around here tell me they're excellent. I read somewhere that they're re-badged LCT engines, and LCT seems to be one of those companies that's trying to change China's reputation as purveyors of cheap crap. I know the LCT engine on my Husqvarna snowblower has performed very well.

So if it comes to an engine change being necessary, Harbor Freight would definitely be in the running in my book. I don't know anyone who's had anything bad to say about them.

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As for Harbor Freight's "Predator" engines, the locals around here tell me they're excellent. I read somewhere that they're re-badged LCT engines, and LCT seems to be one of those companies that's trying to change China's reputation as purveyors of cheap crap.
I believe the HF Predators are manufactured by Loncin. Most newer Toro's use a Loncin engine.
Could be wrong.
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I believe the HF Predators are manufactured by Loncin. Most newer Toro's use a Loncin engine.
Could be wrong.
I've also heard that they're made by Lifan, another Chinese company, so who knows? Maybe they've switched manufacturers along the line, and everyone's right.

Whatever the case, everyone I know who's used Predator engines likes them.

The sad thing is that I'm an old-school "buy American" kind of guy. But the last two B&S engines I had were nothing but trouble. My LCT and Honda engines, on the other hand, have been flawless. Maybe the US small-engine industry needs a wake-up call.

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Check to see if you have spark. If you do hit it with starting fluid and see if it pops. I'd try to get the Briggs running if you can. Maybe you don't even need to touch the carb.
As mentioned above, nothing wrong with the HF engines and pretty good bang for the buck IMHO. I have a 212cc Hemi sitting in the garage waiting for the right machine for a transplant. If you think the HF 13hp is pricey wait till you start pricing a 13hp Briggs or Honda !!
But in the end it's your machine and your choice to make.
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well they are not lct as that they own what was Tecumseh now
, no longer are they lifan also, some say power more is the maker now yet as to who really it's one of dozens over there https://www.made-in-china.com/produc...SAAEgIfefD_BwE
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