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cheap 208 cc engine from E-bay critique

Hey Gang.....I just opened the MTD 208 cc engine crate that arrived today from E-bay....going to share some observations. First the pluses. The engine was only $79 including shipping...it has an alternator....glove ready recoil....convenient oil dip stick and filler tube on top of engine....primer bulb....heat box...extended oil drain tube. Now the negatives.....no fuel shut off...no throttle....the ignition shutoff is with one of those funky plastic keys that ground out the engine when you remove it...it has a dial on the top of the aircleaner that restricts the airflow coming into the air box....perhaps to shut of the engine????...and lastly, I was hoping that the 25 mm shaft was a close fit to a 1 inch pulley....no it isn't...a few thousandths slop. The last 3/4 in of the shaft is necked down to 7/8 in, but that doesn't leave any room for aligning. I went on E-bay just now and ordered a 2.36 diameter pulley with the 25 mm bore for $10...but it has no keyway, so I'll have to machine one in. I also have a friend that manufactures cranberry equipment that can cast me and machine any aluminum pulley to what ever diameter or bore size I choose. All in all comparing the pluses and minuses, I'll stick to Harbor Freight for the Chondras. I'll swap this one onto a 73 or 74 10000 series Ariens so I only have one pulley to worry about.
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Just a note if you get the chance check out " small engine warehouse"
I check them before I order from HF or anybody else. They sell brand new scratch and dent,and brand new take off engines.

I just told a guy to order the LCT 291 snow series from them for 239.00 the recoil has a poulan decal but it is the exact same motor on the Ariens 28 dlx that they blew up with no oil.
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I bought a 414 cc engine from them 2 years ago...$169 plus 70 shipping.......I wasn't looking for an engine...just wanted to check out the 208cc one.....
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I bought a 414 cc engine from them 2 years ago...$169 plus 70 shipping.......I wasn't looking for an engine...just wanted to check out the 208cc one.....

Keep us posted on how it runs!!!! Thanks for the update.
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I bought a 414 cc engine from them 2 years ago...$169 plus 70 shipping.......I wasn't looking for an engine...just wanted to check out the 208cc one.....
That deal was a lot better than what I find at Harbor Freight
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I bought a 414 cc engine from them 2 years ago...$169 plus 70 shipping.......I wasn't looking for an engine...just wanted to check out the 208cc one.....
Hey cranman.....

Those were a great deal back then, I bought 4 of them and used on 32" machines. They worked out well and I haven't had one call for any issues or repairs.


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Hey cranman.....

Those were a great deal back then, I bought 4 of them and used on 32" machines. They worked out well and I haven't had one call for any issues or repairs.

Joe...you were the one that turned me on to them! It is still in the box.....plan is to put together a killer 32 in 924. I've been rebuilding a tractor section from an ST 1032, and have a 32 inch bucket to redo....lately I've been thinking to put a 28 inch bucket on it instead of the 32.Hard to find one in the 924 series though!
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Just an update....the 144cc Honda I put on the 1973 910018 Ariens had a coil issue I fixed yesterday, but I was disappointed in the power it had...so today swapped it out for the 208 cc. I had to shim the 25 mm crankshaft with a couple of pieces cut from thin aluminum flashing to accept the pulley, and the crank was a little long to use the stock belt shield so I cut 3/4 inch off. It was a simple quick swap. I added gas and fired 1st pull. It hunted on the governor with out choke until it warmed up, the was smooth. The idle is fixed and seem too low to throw snow effectively, but had plenty of power and threw wet slop at least 20 feet. I don't care for the fact it has no fuel shutoff, and will check out adding one. I have a similar snow engine for parts I'll see if I can swap out the carb and snow shield to. The ignition shut off is the little red "key " that you have to pull out to ground out the coil, which I can live with and the throttle being fixed isn't a big deal. This little girl is going over to my girlfriends house to be her 2nd blower.
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Just an update....the 144cc Honda I put on the 1973 910018 Ariens had a coil issue I fixed yesterday, but I was disappointed in the power it had...so today swapped it out for the 208 cc. I had to shim the 25 mm crankshaft with a couple of pieces cut from thin aluminum flashing to accept the pulley, and the crank was a little long to use the stock belt shield so I cut 3/4 inch off. It was a simple quick swap. I added gas and fired 1st pull. It hunted on the governor with out choke until it warmed up, the was smooth. The idle is fixed and seem too low to throw snow effectively, but had plenty of power and threw wet slop at least 20 feet. I don't care for the fact it has no fuel shutoff, and will check out adding one. I have a similar snow engine for parts I'll see if I can swap out the carb and snow shield to. The ignition shut off is the little red "key " that you have to pull out to ground out the coil, which I can live with and the throttle being fixed isn't a big deal. This little girl is going over to my girlfriends house to be her 2nd blower.

Cran that engine looks bigger than I thought it would...Thanks for the update!
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SS22...all in all, well worth the $79....I've got a few 10000 series Ariens needing motors...unfortunately I don't think I can get much for one even when gone through and repowered. Even the twin sticks are getting hard to sell for a price that makes it worth while to refurb.
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