Predator 212cc or Tecumseh Snow King 7hp ???
Thinking of re-powering my 1990's vintage Toro 521 Snow blower that has the original Tecumseh HS50 engine.
Considering the Predator 212cc based on price but have some concerns about quality. I found some reviews where the engine block cracked after a limited amount of use. It seems like the Predator is a hit or miss, as some folks have good luck with them, others not so much.
I am also considering a Tecumseh Snow King OH195SA (7 HP) as an alternative.
The Predator would be about $130 all said & done
The Tecumseh would be about $235 all said & done
Based on other threads where a Toro 421/521/3521 was upgraded with a predator, it looks like the chute crank bracket needs to be extended in order provide clearance of the chute crank rod versus the engine.
I am thinking, based on the look of the Tecumseh engine being similar to the original engine, I may not have to make the chute crank bracket modification.
So, I am wondering, based on quality and the chute crank issue, if I am better off getting the Tecumseh? To me not having to modify the chute crank braket is worth $50, and better quality certainly would be worth the balance of the difference in price between the 2 engines.
Any other engines to consider? $250 complete (or less) would be below my threshold of pain.
TIA for thoughts, comments, advice
Last edited by tpenfield; 03-03-2015 at 08:47 PM.