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04-02-03, 05:56 PM   #1  
Short Block or new

I'll try to be brief. My 8hp Briggs has locked up on me. The flywheel will turn but with a lot of force behind it. I am going to assume that the inside has locked up. I can replace the engine for about $600. A short block will be about $350. Does the short block require any special tools. Will the parts pretty much just interchange with the old. My old engine is only 4 years old, is in a tiller, and doesn't have many hrs on it. I would like any thoughts/opinions.
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04-02-03, 08:57 PM   #2  
To save the $250.00 I would get the short block. The only trick is adjusting the govenor and getting all the springs in the right place. There should be instructions so go for it.

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04-02-03, 11:29 PM   #3  
Hello PhilG!

Before you do anything...shop around a bit. I don't know what model engine you have, but I sell new complete 8hp briggs horizontal engines for the same price you are talking about spending on a short block! You should be able to find a better price.

A short block is easy to swap with no special tools, just standard hand tools. All of your old parts should fit right on with no modifications.

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