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Magnetron upgrade

I have a 1978 Toro 8/26 two stage snowblower. It has a briggs and Stratton engine. The magneto ignition is gone and it needs to be replaced. I was pondering the idea of upgrading to a magnetron. Has anyone does this with success or/and know where I can get the correct part online?

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A magnetron is the power tube in microwave ovens and microwave radio transmitters . . . perhaps it goes by another term?
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don't hang me but i think the part was simply renamed,
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I believe a Briggs lawn tractor Coil will work. Cranman posted doing this, Here's the Thread https://www.snowblowerforum.com/foru...ml#post1619577

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don't hang me but i think the part was simply renamed,



LOL.... No one's going to hang you here Woodie. These are all good people on this forum......


Briggs refers to their electronic ignition system that was developed sometime back in the 80's as the "Magnetron Electronic Ignition System". Kind of an odd name, because they have nothing to do with real magnetrons used in radar, microwave transmitters, or ovens....but some marketing "genius" probably dreamed the name up.....


Anyways, here's video that explains a typical installation, and a pdf on how to do this both for engines that originally had this system, and for those that didn't.


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http://vanguardengines.myfaqcenter.c...A496A31A6.ashx


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I have a large box of the Magnetron upgrades from Briggs....from the 80's......it was a great upgrade...but now I simply bolt on a modern single cyl coil from and Briggs.....easy peasy....works every time...never have to file points again. did three this week.
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i did many myself cut the wire to the points add a plug bridge to work as a kill switch, super easy job. i just couldn't remember what briggs called them .to me a mag is a mag
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but now I simply bolt on a modern single cyl coil from and Briggs
So any single cyl coil will work from briggs?
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So any single cyl coil will work from briggs?
I've done over 7,8,and 11 hp snowblower engines using 12 -20 hp vertical shaft mags....I've heard they are all interchangeable
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