Repowering an old MTD/Monkey Wards with a Predator 301cc - Snowblower Forum : Snow Blower Forums
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post #1 of 25 Old 08-27-2016, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Repowering an old MTD/Monkey Wards with a Predator 301cc

I've got a late 70's or early 80's Montgomery Ward/MTD 8/26 blower with a B&S 8 horse that starts and runs good, but is wearing out and bogs down in moderate snow.
From the measurements I've done on the Predator 301 8hp motor, it looks like it will bolt up with minor mods! The shaft is the same size, the height is almost identical, and I'll only have to drill new holes to mount it and through the plate on that bolts up around the shaft. Amazing!
I've got a 25% off coupon for HF's sale on Labor Day, and got the wife convinced! I'll post photos here as I do it.
Kinda excited about winter coming now!
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Good luck on your re-power. Plenty of posts here on Predator repowers to help guide you through the process.

Looking forward to see your before and after pics.

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Thanks. Got some bad news from John, aka Waterlooboy2hp, about the Harbor Freight coupons... they don't honor them on the Predator engines, dang it.
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I've got a 25% off coupon for HF's sale on Labor Day

Better Read the Fine Print on the Coupon. HF coupons as of late exclude Predator.
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Yup, they exclude about 15 categories or brands in the fine print. Predator is one. In my latest catalog the 8HP is listed at $240. For that or less you may find a used 8 hp snow engine and you don't have to worry about making it snow ready.

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Here is a B&S with electric start for $240 + shipping

Briggs and Stratton 20M114 0138 305cc Snow Blower Snowblower Engine | eBay

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I like this option more than the Predator. For just under $300 you have a new snow ready engine with electric start and an alternator. With the HF engine you will easily spend hours fooling around with the jet and making a shroud to protect the linkages. I would bet service and parts availability will be better on a Briggs.

If the dimensions work for you I would jump on it before the price goes up.
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$199 here at Small Engine Surplus
Not sure how their shipping charges differ.
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"appears to be a surplus or spare engine left over from when these were being used on the John Deere 1130se"
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$199 here at Small Engine Surplus
Not sure how their shipping charges differ.
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"appears to be a surplus or spare engine left over from when these were being used on the John Deere 1130se"
Funny because they are the ones selling it on eBay for a higher price...
Shipping may be the same as on eBay (I think I've seen that in the past).
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Actually to me shipping is about 10% more from Small Engines Surplus than it is with eBay..... but you pay $45 less, so it is better getting it directly from them.
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