Adding an Electric Starter
Adding an electric starter to any engine that wasn't
built with one brings up a lot of questions that must be asked before a answer
can be given. Some engine can easily be converted to electric starters. Some
can not be done at all.
There are kits available for Briggs and Stratton engines. But these engines
were not equipped with coils to recharge a battery. So the flywheel that comes
in the kit does not have any magnets it it. This is not a problem if you are
converting a generator engine where the generator has a 12 volt charging circuit.
Just connect the battery charger to the battery for a few minutes. You can not
hard wire this to the battery because if the generator is use for a long period
the battery would be destroyed by over charging. You could convert the engine
by installing all the individual components. A good place to start is with a
Kohler engines can be readily upgrade with a kit. Kohler provides all the
components that are required for the engines that they supply kits for.
Many types of equipment are using Tecumseh Engines. There are many questions
that one must answer to equip a Tecumseh engine with a 12 volt starter. Tecumseh
does not offer a 12 volt kit. Their engines just come in to many variations.
In fact some can not be converted cost effectively because these engines never
had the mounting bosses on the cylinder machined. So this is the first question:
Are the mounting bosses (places) machined and drilled to mount a starter? If
the answer is no you can stop right here. It cant be done. Next, does the flywheel
have a ring gear on it? You must removing the shroud and look. After these 2
questions are answered you need to arm yourself with the answers and the model
spec number. Now with that info we can answer your question. And list what individual
parts are required.