Short Block or Not?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by SECTLANDSCAPING, Nov 21, 2012.


    Messages: 188

    My old ebz8000 died a horrible death. I took it to the shop and I need a piston, cylinder, and they said the bearing is rocking.

    Now should I throw a short block on for $215 or just bury it?

    Kinda torn on this move. I can get a 8500 for $499 or rebuild this and possibly get a few trouble free years. Hmmmm
  2. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    I would get the new one & save the old one for parts.
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  3. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    I would buy new also because I my experience, usually when they are past a certain age it's not worth rebuilding, we get it running again some kind of way but it's one problem after the next, don't ask me why, you might get another year out of it but they're never the same, yours having that sentimental value tends to support what I just said, if that helps any, hope you can let it go... You could if you have spare cash, rebuild the old as a backup but chances are you'll still run into what I spoke of...
    It will serve again once or twice like in the old days, you get that feeling back but the rest of the time it sits around collecting dust...
    Or you try and put it into service again but it doesn't cut it like it used to, not sure how to explain it but they're never quite the machine you used to have.

    Some overheat regularly, others can't get up to Wot right, still some vibrate endlessly, others still the new engine shakes other parts to breaking, the rest don't even want to run, and it's always something.

    That's been my experience.
    I would buy new.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012

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