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A neighbor was moving and gave me this old tank of a snowblower. There is nothing on it to indicate the model number. I wonder if someone might recognize it? I'd like to find a copy of the operator and service manual.
It has a 32" chute, a 11HP Briggs and Stratton engine. The engine is so old B&S had a hard time identifying it. The date code on the engine is 86091111 so made on September 11 1986. The engine model number is 0727 01.






I'm trying to find a cheap used 120v electric starter. The original has many of the wires broken off the commutator. I took it to the only local starter shop and was told they couldn't fix it. B&S part number is 396469

 

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1986 is not that old?

I found a starter for it but it is not cheap.
For a new one it was listed at $148.
Try another starter shop?
Look for a junker for the starter?

I would think that starter was used on other models too?
 

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It looks like the problem with the starter wires is they've come loose where they're crimped to the commutator... correct? Is that the only problem?

If so, I'd think someone handy with a soldering iron could fix it.
 

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It looks like the problem with the starter wires is they've come loose where they're crimped to the commutator... correct? Is that the only problem?

If so, I'd think someone handy with a soldering iron could fix it.
I tried to solder the broken wires before but the solder would not stick to the commutator. I needed a higher wattage Soldering iron. I picked one up today that goes to 260 watts. That did the trick. After a tedious couple of hours of soldering. I put it back together, using bent paper clips to hold each of the brushes in place while I slipped the end cap over the commutator, then I pulled out the paper clips with a pair of pliers before bolting it back together. I did a test run with no load and it worked smoothly. I installed it back in the snow blower and it was able to start the machine with no problem. We'll see how it holds up over the winter.
 

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1986 is not that old?

I found a starter for it but it is not cheap.
For a new one it was listed at $148.
Try another starter shop?
Look for a junker for the starter?

I would think that starter was used on other models too?
LOL, according to Briggs and Stratton it's so old they can't identify the engine using the name plate info. They kept telling me it was not a B&S engine, even after sending them pics of it and the name plate.
There is only one starter shop within a couple hundred miles of me. He said the wire in a 120 volt starter is too fine compared to a 12 volt starter and wasn't interested in attempting to fix it.
See my other post, I fixed it today. For now at least.
I might pick up a 12 volt version starter and rig it so I can jump start it with a battery. I see them online for under $50.00, pretty cheap.
 

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I had a couple of similar slightly newer models. One was an '87 10/28 with a Briggs & Stratton. The other was an '89 with a 12hp OHV Tecumseh. I'll try to get some scans of the parts breakdown in the owner's manual this weekend, most will be the same for yours, the biggest difference is '86 was the last year for a steel chute.
 
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