Posted by Greg Vickers on January 28, 2013 at 16:38:37 from (126.96.36.199):
As the back of my TEA20 lies buried in the snow drift, and the transmission and engine are tucked away in the shed, I find myself involved in other projects. I have an old walk behind snowblower that I refuse to retire every time I see how flimsy the new ones are. It has a 10hp Briggs and Stratton engine. Earlier this season during a heavy storm I think she took a bit of a heating. I shut it down to talk to a neighbor, and when I went to fire up again she was bound tight. Tried it an hour later and all was fine. She has started smoking, so I have opened her up for a look. Everything is like new except the cylinder. She is scored pretty good. Aluminum block with no sleeve. From what I have read it seems that the cylinders are hardened on the surface at the factory. Once that hardening is removed, they tend to wear faster. Has anyone had any luck boring out these little engines? I guess it comes down to cost vs value. I can get a Jap built Briggs for less than 500 bucks. Any thoughts
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