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#4562426 - 11/02/17 07:50 PM Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO?
Audios Offline


Registered: 11/19/11
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A friend gave me a mid 90s MTD snow blower with tracks. I believe its a 10/28. He blew the motor, and Im having a hard time finding one to replace it. A snow king 10 hp by Tecumseh. I did find this briggs, but I think the shaft sizes are different, and the engine does not have great reviews. I dont mind if its a small step down in terms of power.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200514215_200514215
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#4562431 - 11/02/17 07:56 PM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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Wonder if any of the HF Chonda/Predator ones would fit? I've had good luck with the 13 HP I retrofitted on my log splitter.
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#4562441 - 11/02/17 08:05 PM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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The problem is the PTO drives the tracks, and the pto is usually opposite crankshaft rotation. Id need to flip the trans around if I went with a harbor frieght, i dont think any have the extra shaft.
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#4562443 - 11/02/17 08:07 PM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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Originally Posted By: Audios
The problem is the PTO drives the tracks, and the pto is usually opposite crankshaft rotation. Id need to flip the trans around if I went with a harbor frieght, i dont think any have the extra shaft.


IIRC it might be some funky half speed counter-rotating shaft?

There are ways to retrofit a regular engine on most but its not anything close to plug-n-play.
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#4562530 - 11/02/17 09:15 PM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Rand]
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Registered: 12/04/04
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Loc: Pennsylvania
Originally Posted By: Rand
Originally Posted By: Audios
The problem is the PTO drives the tracks, and the pto is usually opposite crankshaft rotation. Id need to flip the trans around if I went with a harbor frieght, i dont think any have the extra shaft.


IIRC it might be some funky half speed counter-rotating shaft?

There are ways to retrofit a regular engine on most but its not anything close to plug-n-play.


Yup, runs off the cam.

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#4562562 - 11/02/17 09:49 PM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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Registered: 08/14/03
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Loc: Buffalo, NY
Yep, the very rare 1990s, MTD dual counter rotating shaft Tecumseh Snow King engine. To me they're not worth a standard snowblower engine retrofit, but if there's a will, there's a way I suppose. With Tecumseh having been gone for 8yrs now or so, parts are becoming scarce. Finding a good plug-n-play engine is about impossible.

I've got a ~1999 model year Yard Man (MTD) 24" snowblower with a 7hp OHV Tecumseh Snow king that's got the dual output shafts. It's a standard wheeled model. I really don't understand why MTD did this, given they used both single and double shaft engines in that time frame as far as I know.

I believe there's a youtube video of someone who rigged up their own pulley and idler system to make a single shaft engine work on a snowbler chassis that was designed for 2-shaft.

I hear what you're saying in your thread title, but all engines have a PTO. Most have just one is all. wink


Edited by JTK (11/02/17 10:01 PM)
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#4562882 - 11/03/17 10:52 AM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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I called Briggs and they confirmed that the engine I linked in the OP is a dual PTO. So I ordered it and well see what happens. Ive seen the youtube vids where people flip the trans' to make the single shaft engines work, I was just hoping for a bolt on replacement. Otherwise thats going back and its gonna be a cheapie Chonda and trans flip.
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#4562961 - 11/03/17 12:11 PM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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When you say "blew the motor", what exactly happened? Is the block cracked or the crank AFU? Maybe it's fixable?
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#4562978 - 11/03/17 12:39 PM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
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Loc: Buffalo, NY
Originally Posted By: Audios
I called Briggs and they confirmed that the engine I linked in the OP is a dual PTO. So I ordered it and well see what happens. Ive seen the youtube vids where people flip the trans' to make the single shaft engines work, I was just hoping for a bolt on replacement. Otherwise thats going back and its gonna be a cheapie Chonda and trans flip.


I didn't know this Briggs dual shaft replacement snow engine existed. The info and spec links to it are odd given some pics clearly show the additional output shaft and some don't.

A lot of coin for a 20+ year old MTD, but still a lot less than a new machine I guess.

You're going to want to get p/n's or sizes for the belt pulleys (for the engine shafts), given the OEMs may not come off without being cut off.


Edited by JTK (11/03/17 12:41 PM)
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#4563167 - 11/03/17 04:46 PM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: RF Overlord]
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Originally Posted By: RF Overlord
When you say "blew the motor", what exactly happened? Is the block cracked or the crank AFU? Maybe it's fixable?


Connecting rod blew a hole in the side of it, I wish it was fixable.

I really hope its a dual shaft, the literature is very confushing.
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#4563603 - 11/04/17 06:07 AM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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Loc: Buffalo, NY
Originally Posted By: Audios


I really hope its a dual shaft, the literature is very confushing.


I hear you. I hate relying on hope as a strategy! eek I searched the innerwebs for pics of this particular Briggs engine and there's only that one stock photo of the twin shaft I could find with that engine p/n. From the looks of it, it's not a snow engine, it's for a tiller and some other possible applications. Not a huge deal, it will be just minus some winterization shrouding and it will have an air cleaner, where a snow engine will not.

Keep us posted! If it's a go, it's nice to have this option.
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#4564663 - 11/05/17 09:10 AM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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Definitely will, should be in by weds so youll know one way or the other how happy i am!
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#4565773 - 11/06/17 10:52 AM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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Registered: 04/15/10
Posts: 4064
Loc: Storrs, Connecticut
The Briggs should be fine. I've re-powered many snowblowers for customers with Briggs snow engines, and they seem to be the only one that make the engine with the cam shaft PTO.

I read the reviews and some of them seem a bit over the top. I've never broken a starter rope on a snowblower, and I've worked on some from the 1960s with the original rope. My neighbor has broken 4 starter ropes in the last 3 years. He just pulls it like he wants to kill the thing, which isn't needed.

The only thing I suggest checking on the Briggs is make sure the little plastic oil fill caps on the sides are very tight. For whatever reason (maybe so people can get them off) they seem to ship a little loose from the factory. There have been cases where they have loosened and come off, allowing the oil to spill out and the engine to blow. Make sure they are tight and you won't have any problems. They do run very nice and have good power, it will be a big improvement over the old Tecumseh.
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#4565784 - 11/06/17 11:08 AM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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Registered: 04/15/10
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I looked up the model # of the engine. It is definitely one that CAN have the camshaft PTO, but I don't think the one you ordered will have it. It doesn't mention it anywhere in the description.

I really hate Northern Tool for stuff like this because they always use stock photos, so it is hard to see what you are getting.

I usually order from Smallenginewarehouse.com, smallenginesurplus.com, or smallenginesuppliers.com. They usually have a picture of the exact engine you are getting (PTO setup, etc) or will detail it in the description.

Unfortunately, I don't believe the engine you are getting will have the camshaft PTO, even though that particular engine model is one that can have it if ordered that way. I'd send it back and get one from the websites above, or search that exact model (12T132-0036-F8) on ebay until you find one that has the camshaft PTO.
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#4566718 - 11/07/17 10:55 AM Re: Can anyone recommend a small engine with a PTO? [Re: Audios]
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Registered: 08/14/03
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Loc: Buffalo, NY
Just to add to the above for mail-order engines, I watch this site from time to time. I've never ordered from them, but know some people who've had good luck with engines and transaxles from here: http://www.surpluscenter.com/Engines/Gas-Diesel-Engines/Horizontal-Shaft-Engines/?page_no=2
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