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Got an Engine - What do I do with it?
10/13/13 | Moi

Posted on 10/13/2013 2:35:08 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator

The body of my lawn mower broke. Totaled. I purchased a new lawn mower. But I now have a 6.25 HP Briggs & Stratton engine that runs as good as the day it was bought. So what do I do with the engine? (It seems such a waste to get rid of it)


TOPICS: Hobbies; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: engine
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To: AFreeBird

Remember this is probably a splash lube, not pressure lube.
So that doesn’t always work out.


51 posted on 10/13/2013 3:49:04 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: nomad
Great link. Now, how to replace the 3-5 hp gas motor with a small wood fired steam engine?
52 posted on 10/13/2013 3:49:05 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Convert a Lawn Mower into a Generator - TheEpicenter.com

theepicenter.com/tow082099.html
... structure reinforcement.) These are "do it yourself" projects and are relatively inexpensive. ... Build a generator from a Briggs and Stratton Lawn Mower Engine.

53 posted on 10/13/2013 4:19:03 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Teach it to fly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26PpA1kFIWw

With a 6 HP motor you should be able to get a riding mower airborne!


54 posted on 10/13/2013 4:22:01 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Go cart, scooter, mini bike, generator, pump - any number of PTO options


55 posted on 10/13/2013 4:37:47 PM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: B4Ranch

Fun. And that one could be useful for demolition, it can put holes in walls. But really in the end it’s the pure joy of launching 2x4s at dangerous speeds.


56 posted on 10/13/2013 4:42:54 PM PDT by discostu (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: VRW Conspirator
Convert a Lawn Mower into a Generator

Search YouTube for many other varieties .. this project is on my list for this winter .. have a dandy 6hp B&S engine from an unused Craftsman self-propelled mower.

57 posted on 10/13/2013 4:47:16 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: VRW Conspirator
I obviously hadn't read very far down the thread before posting the above, and was severly beaten to the punch several times . . LOL
58 posted on 10/13/2013 4:51:07 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: nascarnation

Details details... Yea, you’re probably right.


59 posted on 10/13/2013 4:53:24 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: All
A beer delivery system -


60 posted on 10/13/2013 4:55:43 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: VRW Conspirator

Your local community college most likely has a “small engine repair” class that could use it for instructional purposes.


61 posted on 10/13/2013 5:06:32 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (I guess I'll have to give up teaching and get a real job in the Spring.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Does it have a horizontal shaft or a vertical shaft? If horizontal and you’re interested in generators, you could hook the engine up to a suitable generator head with a belt. 6.5 HP would be good for somewhere in the neighborhood of up to 2,500 to 3,000 watts. Disregard this, if the engine has a vertical shaft.


62 posted on 10/13/2013 5:10:37 PM PDT by familyop
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To: VRW Conspirator

If it has a vertical shaft, I suppose you could drive a generator/alternator head with it and some kind of horizontal belt setup. If with a vehicle alternator, it might be good for a battery and inverter.


63 posted on 10/13/2013 5:16:12 PM PDT by familyop
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To: VRW Conspirator

If you have electric car (Volt) you can use it as auxiliary power supply and take a long vacation out west.


64 posted on 10/13/2013 5:49:12 PM PDT by Jack_1
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To: VRW Conspirator

I worked on hundreds of mowers over the years as a hobby. since it is vertical shaft you can try the following: pressure washer, log splitter, or generator. If you look on craigslist for people that have those items listed you will see a lot that say the engine on theirs does not work, needs a tune up, etc. You should be able to swap the engines pretty easily as long as the shaft diameter is the same. I would not throw it away or swap it if you have the room to store it. If you store it, make sure you drain the oil or make sure it is sitting level or you will find the oil will seep into the cylinder.


65 posted on 10/13/2013 6:26:39 PM PDT by sl-17b (Piss off a liberal by using your brain.)
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To: AFreeBird

Yeah. Right. That will run for maybe 5 minutes without proper lubrication.......

I know you knew that..... ;-)


66 posted on 10/13/2013 6:37:39 PM PDT by Arlis (.)
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To: VRW Conspirator

Drain the tank, run till the carb is dry, box it up.

Watch for a mower that has a broke engine (craigslist, neighbors, etc.), and you will have a backup, or a salable mower.


67 posted on 10/13/2013 7:30:18 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: VRW Conspirator

Build a bridge out of it!!


68 posted on 10/13/2013 10:24:20 PM PDT by ALASKA (Disgusted......)
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To: count-your-change
A few extra parts available online and an old engine can be used to build the Interdementional Hyper Time Travel Vehicle.

The required Singer treadle sewing machine parts necessary for that are now nearly impossible to find in usable condition.

69 posted on 10/13/2013 10:45:42 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ApplegateRanch

I’ve had a few working Singers in the past. Amish still use’em, I guess.


70 posted on 10/14/2013 4:36:16 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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