Location: Las Vegas, The Desert
Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Re: I'm starting to miss Tecumseh Reply #2 Jan 29, 2014 10:11 am
I feel like a small peice of me is gone, I worked for a dealer for years. Alot of people don't understand how many engines they made. For years they were the dominate engines on Sears, Toro, Roper and others. Plus all the odd engines they made for snowthrowers, posthole diggers, and small outboards.
Re: I'm starting to miss Tecumseh Reply #7 Feb 1, 2014 1:02 am
Their engines were really easy to start in cold weather.
I'm not sure I'm experiencing anything unique about the Tecumseh engine in terms of starting. I don't see it as being easier than the rest. All my engines, even the Chinese Honda clone on my Toro is easy to start.
Although I'm developing a liking to the sound of Tecumseh flat head engine. Just a raw and rauscious sophisticated brap brap. Annoying sound at 6 oclock in the morning, but sounds just perfect muffled by a deep blanket of snow.
Now, the Stihl 4 mix engines on my string trimmer, on the other hand, that is a pain in the arse to start even in the summer. Runs and sounds really good when it does run. Although I frequently curse German engineering. :) Runs great, pain to work on.
Re: I'm starting to miss Tecumseh Reply #8 Feb 3, 2014 9:57 am
The old Tecumseh engines were easy to start because their carbs weren't designed/built to run so lean and the carb was very simple to adjust. However, I agree that if proper starting methods are used (prime/choke), modern engines will generally start easy. Provided the fuel system is properly maintained. Bad maintenance habits cause more starting grief than anything else.