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Anyone using 301 or 420 predators?

I have a 9hp simplicity that I can't seem to make the motor run quite right, and thinking about a repower. It is a 30 in cut, so I'm thinking the 212 might not be big enough. So, I'm wondering if anyone has used the bigger motors with success. Otherwise, northern tool has a 420 cc for 239. Any opinions? Do the bigger HF motors allow for lights?
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I repowered my 32 inch Ariens a while back with the Predator 420 and that thing is an absolute beast. It doesn't hesitate with any snowfall that it has to deal with.
As for the lights, I can't answer that because I never hooked any up nor had any ambition to do so

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i have one of the older greyhound 11hp (340cc)with electric start on a 26" cub and it works great and has a charging /lighting circuit.
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I went trough the manual on a 13hp and I didn't see anywhere a spec for the charging system. It does list a charging coil so it's in there just no spec.

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If it has electric key on start, it likely has a charging coil.
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I used a 301cc harbor motor on a Simplicity 860 last year. works very good. wish I had ponyed up for the 420cc just for the electric start though.

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