View Full Version : '60s-'80s Mowers with Engine Shroud Packs

06-18-2008, 12:33 PM
Who remembers all those lawn mowers produced from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s (circa 1965-1982) that had what are known as "shroud packs" on their engines? What were the shroud packs supposed to do (in other words: what kind of good purposes did they serve?), and when did all the major lawn mower manufacturers stop using them?

Cost is one thing the shroud pack got taken off the market for; but were there any other reasons besides? I can speculate the fact it made engine maintenance more difficult (like reduced access to the side-mounted starter mechanism or fuel tank, muffler, etc.).


Richard Martin
06-18-2008, 02:51 PM

03-24-2010, 09:53 PM
Here's a video of a 1969 Toro mower with the shroud pack on its engine.

And also, a 1976 Toro Whirlwind with its shroud pack intact.


Richard Martin
03-25-2010, 04:49 AM
They're just visual covers. It gives their engines a little different look from another mower with the same engine or covers up the "ugly" parts of the engine. If when you remove the cover there is actual engine shrouding under then it's just a beauty cover.

It's still done today. Some companies may order their covers in different colors or different shapes but when you take the covers off all of the factory designed metal shrouding is still under there.

A lot of cars have plastic covers over the engines today. My wife's Cobalt came with one that only stayed on the engine until I got tired of removing it to do oil changes. Now it resides in the attic of my garage.

03-25-2010, 08:25 AM
Yeah, POS waste of time and money plastic garbage that gets in the way of repairs.

03-25-2010, 03:30 PM
Not to get off subject, here...but the names of the posters are different, but the voice sounds the same on these videos.