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Can you swap an engine from a cheap garden tractor to a used ZTR? Will a smaller engine still work for the hydraulic demand? Not looking for speed, however there are many 20+ HP motors out there.

I'm thinking of junking the 3 mowers, and save the engines. I have 3 MTD type mowers 38", 42", 46". The latest 46" Yardman used 3 drive belts a season. All require repair, but the most aggravating thing is constant belt replacement. The blade curved tips also break off twice a year. On this forum, I hear that ZTR's are durable, little maintenence on deck.

The garden tractors are a vertical mount. There are plenty of good low hour engines out there. Do they have a standard bolt pattern for interchanging engines on ZTR's like Exmark?
 

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not really sure why you would want to do this.... I have read your post 3 times and still unsure, However when it comes to fab work. you can do just about anything. now understanding that you on your own.

you can put an engine on a wagon, if ya wish. you will find that the man hours far out weigh the results. most of the time when I have engine failure or frame issues. when it's dead it's time to junk it. it's cheeper to start over.

Good Luck
 
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