Small Engines (Lawn Mowers, etc.)/Rocket snow eater


QUESTION: Hi! I came across a "Snow Eater by Rickel" in a shed at my grandfathers old farm. I have no idea how old it is but I cleaned it up and got it to kick over. During that process, I broke the recoil spring on the pull start. I'm looking for information on manuals for the engine and the body to order replacement parts.
The model number is 204108, code 8270, serial number 000654.
Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

ANSWER: That machine was made by Noma which Murray acquired and now Briggs and Stratton owns the Murray product line.

Anyhow,for engine parts there will be a model and spec number on the engine.  I need those number to look up a spring.  Most likely you have a Tecumseh engine HSK model engine.

As for manuals, Tecumseh engine manuals and parts diagrams are eaisly found on the internet.

It will much more difficult to find the blower manual.  You may have to email or call Briggs and Stratton and see if they can find one in their archives.  However, most common parts such as the scraper, knife, shoes and belts can be found on the internet.

Send me the engine info and I can look up the spring.


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It took a bit of time to decipher the engine code, it was badly rusted and corroded.
The code is HS40 555761 SER 8162B
The engine is a Tecumseh, I found a very worn label reading Tecumseh Products Company, Starter motor # 33290C for H35 & HS 40-50 engines. I hope that will aid in the search.
Thank you again!

Google "tecumseh engine pdf" and the engine service manual should pop right up.

URL for engine service manual below:

Engine parts are easy to find.

Are you needing any parts for the snow blower?


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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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