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Retrofit electric start

I have an older MTD 5 horse Tecumseh snow blower with no electric start on it. I cannot seem to find any information in an available electric start upgrade, and I was wondering if anyone had ever retrofitted an electric start to a non electric unit.

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I have an older MTD 5 horse Tecumseh snow blower with no electric start on it. I cannot seem to find any information in an available electric start upgrade, and I was wondering if anyone had ever retrofitted an electric start to a non electric unit.

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On the right side of the engine from the operator's position there should be a metal cover just behind the flywheel, held on by one or two screws. Take that cover off and see if your flywheel has teeth (ring gear) on it. If it does you are home free. All you need to do is find a starter. Bolts on in 5 minutes.

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Assuming you have a Tecumseh 5 HP, yes you can retrofit an electric starter if: you have a flywheel cover set up for it, you have a starter ring on the flywheel and the engine is drilled for mounting on.

Take the tab out of the flywheel cover where the snout of the starter goes, mount the starter to the block (insure the bolts aren't too long and locktite them) and mount the starter button to the top of the flywheel cover and you're done.

I've done it, it's easy if everything is right. If the cover isn't cut for tab removal or the flywheel doesn't have a starter ring on it, you can substitute others that do.
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Welcome to the forum Ryno

You might also want to check to make sure you have a flywheel with teeth for the starter to engage.
You wouldn't need to take the recoil assembly off just take a good look from the back side where the starter mounts.


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Ryno. If your engine does have a ring gear flywheel, the starter you need is a 33290 (a to e) and looks like this picture. If you do not have a ring gear flywheel, you could easily, maybe not cheaply, replace the one you have.
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Thanks for all the replies! My engine number is HS50 67256G SER7127B. I took a look at the flywheel, and it doesnt look like it has the gears I need. It has the outer gear that turns the engine, but nothing that would accept a starter gear.

Looks like its man power starting this thing this winter!
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Thanks for all the replies! My engine number is HS50 67256G SER7127B. I took a look at the flywheel, and it doesnt look like it has the gears I need. It has the outer gear that turns the engine, but nothing that would accept a starter gear.

Looks like its man power starting this thing this winter!
The "outer gear that turns the engine" ? ?


I just went and looked up your engine. Here's a screenshot of your flywheel. It has the outer ring gear on the flywheel that you need for a starter. Looks to me like you find a starter you've got a 10 minute project to have electric start for your blower. Part 90
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The "outer gear that turns the engine" ? ?


I just went and looked up your engine. Here's a screenshot of your flywheel. It has the outer ring gear on the flywheel that you need for a starter. Looks to me like you find a starter you've got a 10 minute project to have electric start for your blower. Part 90
Ok, thanks. A couple of stupid questions though.

Would the starter be mounted on the operator side of the existing pull cord housing? The youtube videos I had seen all had the starter mounted on the other side of the flywheel, so the gears on the starter would be pointing back toward the operator.

Would the pull cord still function normally?

And can you tell me where you found that drawing?

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