Is your lawn mower or log splitter still in good condition, but the engine is on its way out, then don't replace your equipment, replace the engine!
If you're guilty of leaving your lawn mower or log splitter out all year in the weather or gumming-up the engine with fuel, you're not alone.
Here are some tips for replacing an old or damaged small engine on your power equipment.
Tip: An easy way to tell how the engine is oriented is to look at the pull cord and fan housing. If it's on top, it's a vertical engine and if it's on the side, it's a horizontal. Also, If you have to add oil into your fuel, it's a 2-stroke engine.
With the right information, you'll soon be on your way to replacing the engine rather than replacing the entire piece of equipment. It can be a fairly easy and straight-forward practice provided you have the right tools and know-how.
Q: They don't make my same model engine anymore. What do I do?
A: If you can't get the same model engine that came on your equipment, there's probably a newer version available that will work just as well, sometimes better.
Q: How do I upgrade to a larger engine?
A: Although possible, you will need to determine if the dimensions of the larger engine will allow you to fit it in, and if the larger engine has different specs like larger shafts etc, will you be able to make it work.
Q: Do I have to use the same brand replacement engine that came with my equipment?
A: Sometimes you do, but not always. A direct-replacement engine of the same make and model is recommended. On the other hand, you can match the specifications with that of another brand or model engine provided with the correct model information from the old engine.