* Small Engines Big Fun *

In addition to the work chores of powering construction, agricultural, and lawn equipment, small gas engines power fun recreational vehicles, such as go karts, mini-bikes, ATV's, and snowmobiles.

old school mini bike

Small Engine Marques

Today's top-selling small engine brands include Briggs and Stratton, Honda, Tecumseh, Kohler, and Kawasaki.  But over the years, many small engine manufacturers have come and gone, such as Clinton, Lauson, Wisconsin, and others.

Honda gx160 build

Vintage Small Engines

Never assume that an old, rusted, non-running engine is junk. You would be surprised at how many small engines can be refurbished and re-purposed into a second life!

small engine projects

Small Engine Repair

If you're on a budget, or you just like to do things yourself, small engine repair can be very rewarding. Tools needed to work on small engines include basic hand tools along with a few specialty tools.

small engine valve spring compressor

Make your small engine projects enjoyable by giving yourself ample work space, proper tools and supplies, and a realistic time limit.

Should I Remove The Governor?

By allowing the engine to rev higher, removing the governor unleashes more power. But this should be done in conjunction with (at least) a less restrictive air filter and exhaust, or not much will be gained.

how can I increase the power of my small engine

Changing the carburetor jet and installing heavier valve springs are the next steps for even more performance.

Read: Small Engine Performance

Use Proper Oil

Check your engine manufacturer's suggestions; most small engines require oil specifically designed for air-cooled equipment. Most automotive oils manufactured after 2009 do not meet these specifications. This results in higher operating temperatures and reduced engine life.

Change oil at recommended intervals (or once a year minimum).

vintage Bird go kart

You Can't Beat Fun!


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Small Engine Project Ideas
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Best Fuel For Small Engines
Small Engine Performance