Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Electric Starter


I recently purchased a craftsmen snow blower (circa 1979)with the manual which states an electric starter as an option, any idea where to find one(model number 536.918300)?

Thanks for the model nubmer but the Sears site was no help on the engine.

See if there is a 143.xxxxxx number on the engine...there should be.

Copy/paste the URL below in your browser.

Go to the end of the manual and see if your 143.xxxx number crosses to a Tecumseh engine model number...again, it should if you have a Tecumseh engine.

With the Tecumseh engine model and spec number you can find the correct kit you need.

Many types of equipment are using Tecumseh Engines. Tecumseh does not offer a 12 volt kit, but does have 110 AC starter kits. So this is the first question: Are the mounting bosses (places) machined and drilled to mount a starter? Most likely yes.  If the answer is no you can stop right here. It can't be done.

Next, does the flywheel have a ring gear on it? You must remove the shroud and look.  If so, then all you need is the electric starter kit.  If the flywheel does not have a ring gear on it then you will need to replace it as well.

Let me know if what the 143.xxxxx number is.

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Eric A. Jones


Lawnmower Repair . Certified Master Service Technician from B&S. Have 23 years experience on B&S, Lawn Chief, Weed Eater, Echo, Peerless, Wheel Horse, Snapper, Atlas, MTD, McCulloch, Homelite and many other numerous brands. Specialize in electrical repair.


Born and raised in the midwest. Started tinkering with engines when I was about 14 on my Suzuki RM-80. I began lawn mower repair at a small hardware store. I knew absolutely nothing. I read lots of repair manuals and met an older fellow who taught me many lessons. I continued working on small engines through high school and paid my way through college working on mowers at the same hardware store. Decided to get away from the midwest and mower repair so I joined the Air Force. I repaired air traffic control electronic equipment and ended up in Hawaii where I got a part time job at Small Engine Clinic. I gained a lot of experience from the Small Engine Clinic and had a blast repairing small engines. I then took the Briggs and Stratton Master Service Technician test and earned my MST. I then traveled to Wisconsin where I attended the factory update training seminar and received formal training. Continued working on mowers part time as I completed 20 years of military. Retired from the military on a Friday and continued in the lawn and garden industry the next Monday.

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