View Full Version : Tecumseh engines any good?

06-17-2008, 04:27 PM
thinking about maybe picking this up for fall cleanups



06-17-2008, 04:31 PM
LOL better put on your flame suit, buddy.

06-17-2008, 04:41 PM

lol dont worry

06-17-2008, 05:27 PM
I have only had one Tecumseh engine, but it has been a good one. It is a 5 HP Vector, on a 21" Ariens mower. The machine is 15 years old and still running strong.

Looking at the listing, the machine looks like it is in very good condition, and $175 sounds like a pretty good deal. It's definately not built for commercial use, but you can probably get your moneys worth out of it at that price.

06-17-2008, 06:00 PM
its just going to be used a few times for my yard most likely

i hate raking

06-17-2008, 06:54 PM
I have a 20 year old Tecumseh engined snowblower in my garage. It was given to me by my father this winter when he went out and bought a Cadillac of a blower with tracks and heated handle bars.

This old blower has seen some use too, I know I was behind it most often. I have seen snow so high it took me 2 to 3 passes to get one path clear.

While talking to him about it my father remarks that he has never changed the oil in it since the day he bought it - 20 years ago ;) Other then adjusting the carb it has not had a thing done to it. And that old engine runs STRONG. I'm almost afraid to do any maintenance on it this summer lol.

But then again a mechanic who's opinion I highly trust does not like Tecumseh engines at all.

06-17-2008, 07:15 PM
Good luck getting parts. They went out of business.

06-17-2008, 07:16 PM
comments on machine?

06-17-2008, 07:17 PM
Good luck getting parts. They went out of business.
toro still uses them on their new machines..

06-17-2008, 07:19 PM
I had a push mower. Hard to start, bulb got hard, wouldn't prime, carb didn't run right, not parts available for the carb. I don't like them at all but I'm sure some have had good luck. I would not recommend one

06-17-2008, 07:55 PM
There is a cutter here that uses the 22hp v twin tecumeseh engines on a pair of encore hydro walks and has one a 60" dixie chopper! He swears by them! I have seen that dixie cut some real heavy grass at a good clip and the engine sounds good doing it!

06-17-2008, 08:22 PM
i have nothing good to say about that engine!

06-17-2008, 08:26 PM
so its a toss up pretty much i guess..

06-17-2008, 09:39 PM
We had one on a 36" bobcat walkbehind once. it was 12.5hp. Lasted about 3 full hard seasons and only cost like $250 compared to almost 800 for the original kaw that came on the mower. It started pretty easy and ran good with plenty of power. My father ran it low on oil and it kicked the rod. Had that not happened who knows how long it would have ran. Over all for the money it wasnt a bad engine.


It was exactly like this one here except ours had a pull start with the option to add the electric starter.


06-18-2008, 06:01 AM
Tecumseh did not go out of business. The company was sold, but it's still in business. Parts availablility did NOT change.

06-18-2008, 08:04 AM
I hate tecumseh's. Had one on a Toro rear-engine rider as a kid- I hated it then. Have on on a generator now- hate it as well. Almost new 3Kw Generator for $150 bucks so I compromised my principals and bought it for camping.

I agree with what Tacoma said. Buy if you dare but I do all I can to avoid unless I just can't pass it up...

06-18-2008, 08:30 AM
Tecumseh did not go out of business. The company was sold, but it's still in business. Parts availablility did NOT change.

Yeah parts availability didn't change...you still cant get them just like before!:laugh::laugh:

06-18-2008, 09:42 AM
I have a toro push mower that is almost 20 years old with a tecumseh engine. It starts first pull every time and runs like a top. No smoke at all, not even when starting. I believe the engine is called a 105 plus. Maybe this was one of their better engines?

Green King
06-19-2008, 06:51 PM
I was at my dealer today and he had two Encore hydro walks with the v twin tecumeseh engines on them. I asked him how they were the dealer said they were really strong and torquey! But did not know how they would last compared to the others but he did say everything on them was a quality component and if maintained should be as good as anyone elses engine! I did run one while I was there it felt real good!