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1983 Snapper w/ Tecumseh H50....time to swap engine??

Hello folks (new to this site).
I have a nice old blower ( Snapper w/ Tecumseh H-50 engine ) that I worked a bit to hard a couple of weeks ago. I broke a spring in the valve train & the carb needs replaced. Don't ask about the carb

My question is after totaling up the costs for parts ~ $200 or so to repair the old H50 I'm asking myself.... Self, would you be better off doing an engine swap?? if I did go w/ an engine swap what would my options be.

A little more power would be nice ...

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-29-2016, 05:45 PM
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Welcome to the forum!! Is your current engine a dual shaft model? If not, a $99 predator is a good option.

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No dual shaft. Single only.
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to the forum Deegasman

You have a snapper , , , 20" ?, 22" ?, 24" ? ... 30" ?
What model and a couple pictures would be handy.

The $99-$125 6.5hp Predator is a nice easy swap depending on how big the blower is. You can also shop Craigslist or ebay for a used Tec or a broken blower with a good Tec for a direct swap.
Then there are the new Tec 11hp generator motors that take a bit of DIY skill but for $100-115 it's hard to pass up.

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Agree - for under $200 you should easily be able to scare up another unit with other problems and take the engine off. The HF predators are good performance engines though



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Model no is H50 65439M
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How did you arrive at a $200 repair cost? Was there collateral damage when the spring crapped out?
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Mostly a swag on my part as far as a cost est...

Valve spring /s , retainers tops & bottoms, gaskets several, oil, new carb & gaskets, It also needs a new crankshaft main bushing, a seal and a new muffler.

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212cc Predator would be perfect for you. Currently $99 with coupon.

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Looks like there is a store in Charleston not too far from you. Grab a Predator coupon as well as a free item coupon. If you need some tools grab some other coupons too.

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Has anyone replaced a Tecumseh H40 engine w 2 PTO shafts with a HF Predator engine with single shaft? It seems I would have to put an additional pulley on the Predator shaft to power the drive system. It would need to be a 3/4 bore 1.75 pulley as well as a proper size belt. Any help would be appreciated.

Update I just checked and found the 2 PTO shafts rotate in opposite directions so my plan as described above will not work. So I imagine I'll be looking for another snow blower since this one is unreliable but I can't complain since it has served me well since 1988.

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