16" push mower restoration help

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by smashingpumpkins64, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. smashingpumpkins64

    smashingpumpkins64 LawnSite Member
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    I just got this 16" Sensation commercial push mower. I think it's from the '70s. The engine still runs but it is not very reliable. I want to replace it with a commercial engine. Does anyone have any ideas of what engine wold fit this small deck? I don't think they make a 16" deck anymore so I am willing to put some money in this. The deck is cast aluminum and is in perfect condition. It has a 3 HP briggs on it that has been used a lot. Here are some pics.

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  2. Scag413

    Scag413 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thats looks tiny after being use to a commercial 21" lol
     
  3. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think i can trim 16" with my trimmer.
     
  4. fastcat

    fastcat LawnSite Senior Member
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    just rebuild the original engine
     
  5. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I remember those machines back in the 80's. Pretty much a bulletproof commercial machine, they made those smaller mowers for cemetaries and other tight areas. I would also say to rebuild that Briggs motor. Cool to see old stuff like that.
     
  6. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
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    That mower is cool as hell. I love old mowers.
     
  7. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    thats a pretty sweet mower. i would try to rebuild the current engine if i was you
     
  8. markahurley

    markahurley LawnSite Senior Member
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    that's hilarious. :)
     
  9. jdmcat

    jdmcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 439

    Like others said, I would just rebuild the briggs. But if you wanted to replace the engine, northern tool has a decent selection. I would go with the Honda GXV160 for $350 but they also have briggs and tecumseh for $100-200.
     
  10. AJ Lawnscapes

    AJ Lawnscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 322

    yeah, heck you can rebuild that engine easy.

    it's cute.
     

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