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Troy-Bilt Storm 2005 vs 2012 Help please!

2005 has the Tecumseh (the one with the red engine cover), the 2012 has the Chinese motor. The 2012 has the chute joystick, the '05 does not. Other than that they are very similar. I like newer but I'd rather have the Tecumseh. Have the Chinese models help up well? I'm really on the fence here. Thanks
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Welcome to the forum! I don't know about this specific machine, you may get more views in the General forum, or the Troy-Bilt forum.

I've had Tecumseh engines on all my 2-stage blowers. But the Chinese engines, broadly speaking, seem to have performed pretty well so far. Most of them are made in China now anyhow, regardless of brand.

I wouldn't shy away from the Chinese engine. I'd probably be more interested in people's experience with things like the joystick control, and whether it's performed well, and held up over time. Cool features that can cause operational problems if they fail (like not having chute control) make me a little cautious, if they're not yet proven.

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2005 has the Tecumseh (the one with the red engine cover), the 2012 has the Chinese motor. The 2012 has the chute joystick, the '05 does not. Other than that they are very similar. I like newer but I'd rather have the Tecumseh. Have the Chinese models help up well? I'm really on the fence here. Thanks
The Zongshen engine on the 2012 is much better than a Tecumseh any day.
Zongshen is known for bullet proof engines..From dirt bikes to four wheeler generators.. diesel engines.. automobile engines..However the carbs on the Snowblower engines don't like alcohol in the fuel.
Inside you will find quality equal and beyond that of the infamous predator engine... complete with a Mars rod..all steel cam gears...even better castings than the predator.
A Zongshen is as close to a Honda engine as you can get..Minus the seals carb and plastic..not that the breaks just changes shape a little.
MTD produces the Troybilts ..Zongshen provides the Powermore engines for MTD...it's the best thing on the Troybilt lol
Take the modern conveniences of the New machine.
The Cubs.. yard machines.. most Craftsman.. Troy's..and some others are all basically the same machines..with some research great deals can be found on a brand new Machine..I paid a scosh over 400 dollars for a 24 inch Craftsman still in the box.




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I have aTB powermore, and I agree that it is a very nice engine
It starts 1st pull, pulls very easily, and for 208 ccs, is pretty powerful for its size. I would not shy away from it for any reason.
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The Zongshen engine on the 2012 is much better than a Tecumseh any day.
Zongshen is known for bullet proof engines..From dirt bikes to four wheeler generators.. diesel engines.. automobile engines..However the carbs on the Snowblower engines don't like alcohol in the fuel.
Inside you will find quality equal and beyond that of the infamous predator engine... complete with a Mars rod..all steel cam gears...even better castings than the predator.
A Zongshen is as close to a Honda engine as you can get..Minus the seals carb and plastic..not that the breaks just changes shape a little.
MTD produces the Troybilts ..Zongshen provides the Powermore engines for MTD...it's the best thing on the Troybilt lol
Take the modern conveniences of the New machine.
The Cubs.. yard machines.. most Craftsman.. Troy's..and some others are all basically the same machines..with some research great deals can be found on a brand new Machine..I paid a scosh over 400 dollars for a 24 inch Craftsman still in the box.




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Wow.
Well yeah I will stick up for a MFG when they are producing a good engine.. Most of our small engines are from China anyway.. Zongshen is one of the better engines from China

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personally i would go for newer for better fuel economy and easier adjustment of the valves when needed. both could be a gamble. it usually seems like most of the time it comes down to maintenance. if it is maintained properly and oil levels are kept where they need to be it should usually last a long life.

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By 2005, Tecumseh definitely had OHV engines. I'm assuming you're referring to OHV vs flathead, with better fuel efficiency and ease of valve adjustments. My machine is a 2000 or 2001, and has an OHV Tecumseh. And yeah, I'd rather have an OHV.

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Gave my son a Troy-Bilt Storm Tracker 2690XP Model No. 31AM7BR3766 and he's been VERY pleased with it.

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By 2005, Tecumseh definitely had OHV engines. I'm assuming you're referring to OHV vs flathead, with better fuel efficiency and ease of valve adjustments. My machine is a 2000 or 2001, and has an OHV Tecumseh. And yeah, I'd rather have an OHV.
i didn't remember exactly what year Tecumseh went OHV. i just know the older ones seem pretty known for exhaust valve lash going out of spec with age and to fix it the proper way cost money where on a OHV you can fix it for free.

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