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I have been watching the thread of using Preditor engines well my 857 had a K241 that threw a rod. Since that was not the original engine I just wanted to get a decent engine on it. i got a good price on a CH270 Kohler and figured I couldn't go wrong with Kohler. Any way I found I needed an adapter plate and got one and now the engine is in place. I don't show it but the hood just drops on. Hooray. The shaft size was wrong but I picked up a nice adapter on Ebay. Putting on the belt that was used with K241 did work but you can see in the photo how loose it is. I'm assuming a somewhat shorter belt would be what I want. Do you think I should try one or two inches shorter or???????? Oh and yes someone has altered the guard so a new one is on my wish list. Thr throttle cable is not working very well so that is my highest priority. I want to get the plow on and maybe scare away the white stuff.
My 857 had a K271 that had been installed by the PO. The engine threw the rod and damaged the cylinder. I was able to get a new Kohler CH270 for a replacement. I didn't feel at all bad about this as the K271 wasn't original anyway. Here is the problem, the existing holes don't come anywhere close to matchcing up. If all else fails I will make an adapter plate but I figured I had better ask if there is an easier solution, like a premade adapter of some kind? The holes are 79.99mm (3.149") apart in the width and in the fore/aft they are 162.00mm (6.378")