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Garden Tractor Repowered With $99 Harbor Freight Engine
The engine on Quinton Tschetter’s old Deere 110 garden tractor was worn out, so he replaced it with a new Harbor Freight Predator 6.5-liter engine that he bought on sale for $99.
“It works great, and I saved a lot of money,” says Tschetter, of Oskaloosa, Iowa. “I don’t use this tractor to mow my lawn. I use it to pull small trailers and to do odd jobs where I don’t need a bigger garden tractor, so the engine should last a long time.”
It wasn’t the first time Tschetter had installed a Predator on a used machine. “I’ve installed Predators on a couple of different rototillers that were difficult to keep running, and those engines are still going strong. I’m impressed at how easy Predators are to start. Usually, it takes just one or two pulls of the rope.”
He says repowering any machine with a Predator is an inexpensive alternative. “Overhauling an engine usually costs $300 or more. You can’t even have a mechanic look at an engine for less than $100.”
Installing the Predator was a fairly simple job, he says. “I just unbolted the old engine and bolted the Predator on, maybe drilling one or two new bolt holes. I didn’t have to modify the mounting brackets very much at all. The biggest challenge was to find the right belt that’s needed to drive the Deere 110’s variable speed transmission. It’s one of the early ones where the pulley flexes back and forth to change the speed.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Quinton Tschetter, 2379 Hwy. 92, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 (ph 641 660-9765; Qct1944@gmail.com).

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