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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-01-2013, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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OT garden/yard tractor ?s


So I have a friend giving me a running 1986 Ingersoll 448 hydrive lawn tractor (yard tractor, garden tractor?) with a few attachments (snow blower, lawn mower and rear tiller).

He says it runs all day blowing snow in the cold, but in the summer cutting grass it loses power after 20-30 minutes... My Dad says this is most likely a tired motor (onan 18 hp)...would that be the consensus here? I figure the whole set up is free...maybe I can afford to find a good used motor to swap in there or maybe have it rebuilt? I know someone who works magic out of his garage with small engines...in particular carbs...not sure if he'll redo a whole motor though...

Any places I should start to visit on the net to get more info? mytractorforum.com?

Already have seen some with front end loaders on them...thought that would be super sweet...though I think the ones I saw were engineered at home...not an option that you could purchase...

Sorry no pics yet...still not home with it...

Anyway...any feedback would be great.


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It doesn't sound like a tired motor to me. Could it be overheating? Dirty fuel filter, or more likely a heat-sensitive component in the electronic ignition?

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Sounds like it is running rich. Leaky carburetor? Dirty air filter? Float too high? Adjusted too rich?

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