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Another Toro 724 Predator

Replacing the 7HP tecumseh with the Predator 212 was a no brainer direct swap. Needed 4 longer 5/16th bolts to attach Predator to the tractor, and 1 fine threaded 5/16th to attach the Toro pulley to the Predator PTO. The tecumseh pulley bolt was 3/8th (vs 5/16th). So 5 new bolts and that is all it takes. Same belts, belt cover etc.

To get the chute crank to work however I had to relocate the crank some to clear the OHV valve cover. This was a Hemi head Predator, I'm not sure if the clearance on the non hemi version is any different.
To get the crank to work I made a bracket from a thin piece of steel and found this spacer in a drawer at Lowe's where I was picking up the 5 new bolts. The spacer alone may have cleared the engine, but raising it up gave plenty of clearance between the chute crank and the cast Hemi valve cover.
It's not awesome looking but it works fine.
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The relocated chute crank bracket.

And a shot down the shaft showing the small clearance available between the shaft and the valve cover.
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looks pretty good. i just fixed up my 824 with a drive issue, turned out to be a broken clevis arm, i used baking soda and super glue to make a hard plastic and fixed it. the honda clone on mine was a direct swap except for having to move the engine up forward and get belts
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Say that's pretty nice work tharrr.


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I think the valve cover the non hemi sticks out a bit farther than the hemi version. I should measure it to be sure.

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I decided I should add another photo of the relocated chute crank. I was going for quick and easy. The crank bracket was originally attached with the lower bolt. My original goal was to just raise this end up to get away from the valve cover apex. With it up this high it does not need to stick out as far as it does to clear the engine, it needs to stick out this far for your knuckles on the crank to clear the handlebars. Again, I was going for quick and easy. I wont say I am proud of it. It's sturdier than it looks. If anything is going to bend it will be the flat steel piece sticking up along the side of the handlebars.
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I did my Toro 521 last year with the Predator 212 . . . I was a bit skeptical at first, but it was truly plug n' play. I integrated the ignition switch wiring as well. As with your installation, the only trick was extending the chute crank out from the handle bar assembly so that it clears the valve cover.

I tried to see if the crank would mount lower to go underneath the valve cover, but the pinion gear would bind up if done that way.

I still need to fabricate a cover for the throttle linkage so it does not freeze up. No real snow yet around these parts so the machine has not been put to the test yet.

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I've tested mine and it will throw 4 inches of slush 15' with out plugging in sixth gear.

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Used this today on 6 inches of wet stuff. It worked perfectly.
I discovered last night my old school understanding on break-in proceedures have changed.
This got broken in the old fashioned way, not because I resist change, but it just worked out we got 6 inches of snow and I wanted to try it out.
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Used this today on 6 inches of wet stuff. It worked perfectly.
I discovered last night my old school understanding on break-in proceedures have changed.
This got broken in the old fashioned way, not because I resist change, but it just worked out we got 6 inches of snow and I wanted to try it out.
How many blowers you got oot there in tah.

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Today?
Just three at the house. The Delorean, an old Craftsman Drift Breaker, and this Toro.
The Delorean got to make two passes today as well. I had my son operate it for his first time. Actually he did all the Toro driving today as well.
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