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'74 Toro 524 now Predator powered.

This is my old trusty 524 that my Father bought new in 1974. I've had it since about 1995. I've nursed the old H50 Tecumseh along each year, even bringing it back from the dead once when the connecting rod journal seized up on the crank journal.
I've entertained the idea of buying a new machine the past couple of years, but quite frankly, I'm not impressed with the materials used these days. Sheetmetal seems a thinner gauge, and lots of plastics are used.
So why should I spend close to $1,000 on a new machine when really all this one needs is a new engine? So after researching them, bought the Harbor Frieght Predator 212.
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I bought the adjustable high speed jet kit off eBay. Made and sold by a member of this board. Once started I was able to dial it into it's sweet spot!
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Proof positive the shaft heights are identical.
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I was pleasantly surprised I didn't need to do anything with the chute control. I was expecting the engine's head to interfere with it as I have seen with other Toro Predator repowers.
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Runs like a dream!
I disconnected the low oil sensor, and hooked up the dead man kill switch in it's place.
Throttle cable works in the opposite direction of the original. Fast is idle, and idle is fast. No biggie.
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Ran it in for about an hour and a half, and drained the oil. Lots of metal in it. Will probably change it again as I use it the first couple of times.
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Atta boy Dale
Just remember, Rabbit = slow, turtle = fast.
Thanks for the shaft height pic. I was wishing I'd have taken a photo when I did that with my 724 swap.
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Done.
Can't wait for a decent snowfall to try it out!
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I bought the adjustable high speed jet kit off eBay. Made and sold by a member of this board. Once started I was able to dial it into it's sweet spot!
Waterlooboy2hp (John) for the win.
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