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Right in the middle of the leaf harvest and my cobbled leaf vac decides to deep six on me. 5 HP Briggs...topped with oil in the morning for some reason it runs low in the afternoon. I noticed it when I went to start it..it was locked up. Yikes! Fearing the worse...I topped it with oil...pulled the plug and dropped a bit of oil in the head. Manually started pulling the impeller blades through and slowly she loosens up. Gave it a start and everything looks good. Great Save! I think when about 45min later something let's go inside the engine. Clank clank clank ..smoke..I quickly shut her down. Currently weighing my options. Horror Fright has a 6hp :engine on sale for $99 this month ...same size crank(3/4") and keyway (3/16)so t hat is what I am leaning towards. Also surveying Craigslist.
 

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Sorry that it died on you . Guess it takes a beating when it runs wot all the time it's being used .
 

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While some people hate them, I have had a good experience with the $99 HF engine.

The only complaint I had was that the muffler discharge was not in a good location for the equipment I used it on. ......The exhaust port is not threaded, so I will have to make a new exhaust manifold when I get around to it.
 

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we use the harbor freight engines on equipment around here and they have been reliable so far the only issue is we had a float stick but thats been it so far
 

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Not sure what your impeller housing looks like but I repowered a PECO trailer vac for a customer at work with one of the older Harbor Freight greyhound engines and the housing wouldn't bolt on because of the muffler location. I had to take the muffler off and cut the flange off and put in a piece of conduit to get the muffler up and to the side. I think I also had to grind the very edge of the flange and put a small notch into the aluminium housing to make it work. And the muffler broke off at least once a year until i put braces in 3 different directions. Hasn't broken since. Might be easier to find another Briggs on Craigslist to get through the rest of the year. Hope this helps. Stewart
 

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Sorry to hear of your bad luck. I'd keep checking C/L if possible a same engine match would be easy. I went to use the 1669 and cyclone rake last week and starter died... I know the feeling. Hope you get it back up and running very soon.
 

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Stewart...I'm running into the exact same problem. It mounted on the frame perfectly. When I went to put he housing back on the problem came to light. Time to break out the welder.
 
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