Briggs Vanguard motor: add a starter?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by manstache, Apr 16, 2018 at 3:37 PM.

  1. manstache

    manstache Jed

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    I have a Toro walk behind mower with a Briggs Vanguard 16 HP motor on it. It is pull start only. Images of the data tag listed below. When I search for the general family of that motor, all I find are parts websites that may or may not list a starter for it, but I don't know if they'll fit on my motor or not. The mower doesn't limit the installation of a starter physically. I can easily add the battery, starter switch, and wiring. I'm not sure about charging, but that shouldn't be hard to figure out. I just want to know, is there a starter I can buy to add to my motor to make it electric start?

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  2. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    You would need to change the Flywheel to one that has teeth for the starter to engage as well as the stator/ignition under the flywheel to add the charging system. The engine would also need to have the mounting bosses cast into the side where the starter mounts.
    There are also little parts that may be different like the shroud which may have a bump/notch for the starter nose to go through to engage the flywheel.
    Time for another mower IMO.
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  3. manstache

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    I suspect the bosses are cast in the engine already. The flywheel is easy to change. I don't need a charging system, but should be simple enough to figure out.

    It is not time for another mower unless you're going to buy it for me. I paid $500 for this a few years ago and it's exactly what I wanted. Having electric start would be nice, but it's not a deal breaker. I figured when the motor finally died, the Harbor Freight 22 HP vertical shaft motor would bolt right up (same shaft and mounting holes) and it has electric start already.
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  4. c1skout

    c1skout Been here awhile

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    My Mother used to have a craftsman push mower that had both regular recoil and a 110V electric start, you plugged into an extension cord then pushed a button. No charging system needed. That was probably a Briggs engine, but I don't know for sure.

    Any mower junkyards near you? Those would be the guys to ask.
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  5. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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  6. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    first check and see if you have ring gear teeth on your flywheel, many do. If so this is easy and not terribly expensive. Otherwise not worth it.

    You just add the starter, most come with the bracket. Ebay has Chinese clone starters. most are pretty decent these days. Ford firewall solenoids are cheap and tough to switch power to the starter.

    Charging coil can be bought and added. Regulator, you can buy on Ebay a harley 32 amp regulator, and it is pretty good. They just turn AC to 14 volts, not rocket science. Cut off the plug and wire to the stator.

    Rod
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