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Craftsman Trac Drive motor

I picked this up for a project knowing it has a hole in the case. Model is 536.885900,code 8253. What are my options on a new to me engine? What hp is this? 8hp/8speed-both? Thank you.
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If that had a single shaft motor then almost any single shaft motor should be adaptable to it. You could also use a twin shaft motor, just use the main shaft only. You might have to replace the mounting bolts but otherwise most should work.
You would have the possibility of modifying things like the auger chute linkage and the throttle linkage but that should be doable.
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8hp and slooooooooow ground speed drove me nuts.
I will never own another track drive IMHO
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Some part pictures based on your model number?

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/part...dMod=536885900

The way Craftsman listed on mine 5/22. The 5 is for the engine size and the 22 is the clearing width.
I would say yours is 8 horse/ 26" width.

The Predator engine from Harbor freight has been recommended for engine replacement here?

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I would also go with the Preditor 212 cc motor. I have had very good success with the HF engines. I looked at a 5 HP version of this blower about 10 years ago with a blown engine. The reason I didn't buy it was even back them Sears had almost no parts available. Everything on the list was NLA. Decided against it because I had know way to know if I would need other parts in the drive train to use it. Roger
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That drive and track system looks just like the set-up on my 1990 JD TRX26 (made by Noma). Two output shaft engine. As MnJim said the ground speed is slooow, but it will take you anywhere. Big Ed is right with 8hp engine. Dual shaft outputs can still be found, Craigslist, Ebay, etc., I have 2 on my shelf awaiting deployment . 930dreamer, nice project, you will be happy with it when you are blowing snow. P.S. a Clarence kit will work wonders..........
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predator if its a single haft, if its a dual output then save your sump cover and get a single shaft model and swap the sump and the camshaft. that sump cover should work on up to 10 hp tecumseh flathead
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43128, I have a spare 10hp Tecumseh, sounds like I may swap those dual shaft parts from a 8hp to that 10hp unit for a little more dual shaft zip.... ......thanks for the tip......
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Is this engine specific to this snow blower or will any craftsman 8hp engine work. Any idea on the date range for this blower, thanks everyone.
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swap the sump cover and cam to another hm80 through hm100 from ebay or craigslist if its a dual output model, if its an extended camshaft you might be able to use a predator engine if you flip the tranny gearbox components. if its a single output with just the crankshaft, a honda gx200 clone should be a bolt on replacement with no issues other than needing new belts and possibly a 3/4 inch to 1 inch adapter, on my toro 824 38080 i had to drill new mounting holes to move the engine up forward and get a new auger belt but that was it. heres a good deal on a shortblock 39.99 plus shipping
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