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Old 02-06-2010, 04:17 PM   post #1 of 18
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Default Another Tecumseh POS.

Ok, well I've had much luck with all my older Tec engines, but I have 2 newer ones that give me nothing but trouble. One's on my tiller and the other is on my dad's snow thrower.

I wanna ask you guys about the one on the snow thrower. It's an 8hp. My problem is that when you put a load on the motor, it throttles itself way back and almost dies. You have to play with the throttle lever to keep it from dying. It has to be run in first gear to blow 2inches of snow. Anything more than 4inches...forget it. Is this a govenor issue or could there be something else wrong?
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Default Re: Another Tecumseh POS.

I don't know exactly what the answer is, but I would asume the same, as or tecumseh's I think anything you get now is a chinese one, the chinese also baught out another small engines company aswell just can't remember the name.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:56 PM   post #3 of 18
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I don't know exactly what the answer is, but I would asume the same, as or tecumseh's I think anything you get now is a chinese one, the chinese also baught out another small engines company aswell just can't remember the name.
They don't make Tecumseh anymore and as far as I know they were always american made. Probably because the chinese don't know how to say Tecumseh.

This one is from the mid 90s.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:08 PM   post #4 of 18
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Ok, well I've had much luck with all my older Tec engines, but I have 2 newer ones that give me nothing but trouble. One's on my tiller and the other is on my dad's snow thrower.

I wanna ask you guys about the one on the snow thrower. It's an 8hp. My problem is that when you put a load on the motor, it throttles itself way back and almost dies. You have to play with the throttle lever to keep it from dying. It has to be run in first gear to blow 2inches of snow. Anything more than 4inches...forget it. Is this a govenor issue or could there be something else wrong?
sounds like it could be a governor issue. What kinda governor is on there?
Probly wouldnt hurt to run a lil carb cleaner through it
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:18 PM   post #5 of 18
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Default Re: Another Tecumseh POS.

Also to check that governor linkage. Might be sticking/binding on something.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:30 PM   post #6 of 18
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They don't make Tecumseh anymore and as far as I know they were always american made. Probably because the chinese don't know how to say Tecumseh.

This one is from the mid 90s.
From what I read was tecumseh was competing with a chinese company, I have never seen this companys engines but tecumseh ended up dropping their small engine line. I don't know if the chinese are popping tecumseh engines out, just heard they could be.


Sorry, I'm not try to hijack the thread, just had to drop that in.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:08 AM   post #7 of 18
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Sounds also like a carb issue to me. My Toro mower was going way down when I engaged the blades, RPMs dropped by almost half. Double checked my carb settings and the main metering jet was out too far. Screwed it all the way in and back out 1.5 turns, ran perfect. Holds speed perfectly well now. You could very well have some dirt/grime in the carb. Those Tecumseh carbs of that era weren't very good.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:57 AM   post #8 of 18
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I here Techumseh is no good often.I have a 11hp OHV Techumseh Snowking on my Simplicity 11-32 Comercial snowblower.I think its the last year Simplicity used that engine before switching to Briggs when they bought them out a few years back.It about 4 years old.It knock on wood has been a excellent engine.Starts on the first pull and has more then plenty power.Actually runs better under heavy loads then ideling.

When I was a kid I had a minibike with a Techumseh 3.5 hp I think it was and it was abused terribly by my self and brothers and neighbor kids.Until one day the rod went thru the block.We were kids I never checked the oil We also had a Massey Ferguson #7 lawn tractor with a Techumseh it also had a rod go thru the side of the block.But after many hours and several years of use.Several neighbors and realatives also had the same Massey and had all kinds on trouble with there engines.But much earlier then ours.We also had a John Deere garden tiller with a 6hp Techumseh that was worthless.It did basically the same thing you mentioned just was a dud.Dad sold the tiller and swore he would never own another Techumseh.

Seems many of them were a real POS but I know of a few that have done OK also.
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:44 AM   post #9 of 18
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Whenever I have a running issue with these I assume carb. To put it blunty the carbs they have used for at leat the last 20 years are JUNK! They take NO abuse at all, and 1/2 the time you cant clean them right. I would pull the bowl, and look for that jelled mess in there. Make sure ALL the little holes are clean in the carb nut that holds it on.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:09 AM   post #10 of 18
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The last Tecumseh I had, the carb gave me fits. I overhauled it once and then cleaned it out a couple of time. I finally replaced the engine with a B&S. Check the enginge linkage and make sure it is clean and well lubricated. If not the governor, it could be carb.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:10 AM   post #11 of 18
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I can't help ya, but the 5hp Snow King on my snowblower is indeed a genuine, bonafide no holds barred POS! I guess that's why they are $129.00 new. When I am shoveling tomorrow the whole time I will be muttering "Tecumseh POS".
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I can't help ya, but the 5hp Snow King on my snowblower is indeed a genuine, bonafide no holds barred POS! I guess that's why they are $129.00 new. When I am shoveling tomorrow the whole time I will be muttering "Tecumseh POS".
That would make you mutter ''Techumseh POS''
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I can't help ya, but the 5hp Snow King on my snowblower is indeed a genuine, bonafide no holds barred POS! I guess that's why they are $129.00 new. When I am shoveling tomorrow the whole time I will be muttering "Tecumseh POS".

I just kick mine every time I walk by.
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That would make you mutter ''Techumseh POS''
Yes, because it does not run and when it does it runs poorly regardless of proper maintnance and repair. At $129.00 they {Small Engine Warehouse} still can't get rid of 'em. A Chinese knock off from HF the last time I checked was more expensive and probably more dependable. So, yes, I will be muttering "Tecumseh POS" as I walk by it snow shovel in hand, meanwhile my neighbors Briggs will be purring like a kitten. It might just be me, but I have yet to read on any forum "My Snowking is awesome". I'm not brand bashing, I have read nothing but bad things about these engines and my personal experience has been aggrevating at best........mine will shortly be on the scrapyards scale.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:22 PM   post #15 of 18
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I just kick mine every time I walk by.

You too.
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