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18 hp briggs cam?

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George Marsh

11-13-2013 17:50:49
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Is there a web sight that sells used engine parts besides ebay and craigslist. I'm trying to do a friend a favor. I took his engine apart, discovered it needs of a cam. New cam and gasket for a single cylinder 18 hp briggs runs about $90. Friend doesn't want to spend that much.

Any help would be appriciated.
George




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t.r.k.

11-15-2013 12:30:53
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-13-2013 17:50:49  
I would not recommend installing a used cam in any engine that could potentially come back and require additional free repair if it doesn't work.



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George Marsh

11-16-2013 06:02:07
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to t.r.k., 11-15-2013 12:30:53  
My parts supplier says the cam is a common problem on the 18 hp, so I'm also looking for a beat up ridder with a good engine. I've seen the MTD 38-42 inchers with a wide range of engines ranging from 12.5 hp and up.



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El Toro

11-14-2013 09:04:47
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-13-2013 17:50:49  
What's the engine model number? Is it 31H777? The cam # for this engine is 793880. Hal



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George Marsh

11-14-2013 09:44:17
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to El Toro, 11-14-2013 09:04:47  
Model# 31H7070212E1



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ACSam

11-15-2013 05:12:41
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-14-2013 09:44:17  
Looks like mine won't work for you. Thats too bad, I was going to give it to you just for the shipping.



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George Marsh

11-15-2013 16:06:55
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to ACSam, 11-15-2013 05:12:41  
ACSam,
Thanks you for the thought. I'm doing this job for a friend and not charging him. Been retired for 10 years and it's always nice to have something to do.

I figure it's like paying it forward. I do things for my neighbors and they do things for me. No money is ever exchanged.

thanks again.
George



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ACSam

11-15-2013 18:41:16
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-15-2013 16:06:55  
Same here George. I like to help people whenever I can. Many times people have helped me in life and I always say, we are all here to help one another. Sorry my cam won't help your friend..
Sam



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El Toro

11-14-2013 10:22:41
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-14-2013 09:44:17  
Ebay has one for $56.00 and Amazon has one for $65.00 with free shipping. Hal
PS: I would ask if they're new.



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El Toro

11-14-2013 10:12:49
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-14-2013 09:44:17  
This company has the camshaft for$79.15. The part number is 793880. I saw some for sale on Amazon and Ebay by using this P/N. Hal
PS: They're in Ohio called Outdoorpartspower.com

1-800-589-5995



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Bob

11-14-2013 06:19:28
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-13-2013 17:50:49  
WHY don't you go to the parts lookup section of the Briggs web site armed with the ID plate info off of the engine and get a part # for the cam, then punch the part number in to GOOGLE. You MAY be surprises at how many "for sale" this will bring up.



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Harvey2

11-14-2013 05:36:08
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-13-2013 17:50:49  
When I was repairing mowers and some one said they didn't want to spend that much I told them to get some one else to work on it, as I didn't charge much in the first place.
What I found out there are a lot of cheap skates out there, they didn't want you to make any money, yet they drive a $40,000.00 pickup truck and complain they don't have any money. Could that be the reason they don't have any money?

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ACSam

11-14-2013 05:21:57
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-13-2013 17:50:49  
I still have the cam that I had on ebay. It did not sell. What part number does it call for. If you are not sure, post the model and type of the engine and I will check for you. If mine will work for you, I'm sure we can work something out. Sam



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joe csuti

11-14-2013 03:55:10
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-13-2013 17:50:49  
As Rusty said,tell your friend to bite the bullet & buy a new cam or give him several options.

1-tell him he's getting fat & lazy and borrow/buy a new or used push/self propelled walk behind mower,after 2-3 times of that I'll bet he'll come up with the $$ for cam real quick.

2-tell him to locate someone that has sheep/goats & rents them by hr/day & turn them loose in yard.

3-call several local lawn mowing services & see what they charge by wk/month.

4-the other side of the coin is your friend is "playing you" in that he's to lazy/ignorant to locate cam/gasket himself,give him the pn's for cam/gasket & let him locate and buy a new/used cam,right now you're doing all the mech work,research & leg work trying to locate cam while he just sits back whining,this can strain a friendship to the breaking point.IF it were my call & he doesn't want to spend the money for a new cam I'd put eng in a cardboard box & give back to him with a message-when you locate/buy a new/used cam give me a call & I'll repair eng.

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Rustyj14

11-13-2013 20:37:22
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 Re: 18 hp briggs cam? in reply to George Marsh, 11-13-2013 17:50:49  
Tell yer friend: He"d might as well "Bite the bullet" and spend the cash for a cam! I"d do that! My friends say i"m so tight, i squeak when i walk! Ain"t no use spending the money to buy a used cam. And, i do squeak when i walk--if"n i don"t oil my wooden leg occasionally! (Yeah, i do have one!A souveneir of WW II!) Rusty Jones, the mower man.



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