Wrong forum I know. I did post in Snow plowing discussions too. Its slow with the lawns so read my latest bad luck story. I am wondering what you gents think. I bought a new toro 8hp snowblower in 1997 (FEB.) It has the Tecumseh Sno King on it. I probably didn't use it more than 15 hours over the past couple years and never commercially. I had a problem with the spark plug threads recently and I spent 35 for a new gasket and head. After installing the head and changing the oil, I didn't start it because I didn't have any gas. Today I filled it up and primed it and started it. Smoke was coming out from somewhere so I shut it off and took all the belt and gear covers off to see if I could find the source. I started it again and let it run, after a minute it threw the rod right out of the side of the sleeve with a big bang and lots of white smoke. Lucky I was on the other side as it shot metal 15 feet away. It looks like the thing came apart at the crankshaft. Did I have a bad engine? Did I screw something up? I just spent 350 for a new motor. I'm waiting to put it in. The warranty on this ran out in Feb 99. What would you do?