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Good Maytag Engine for a Beginner?


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Old 07-25-2018, 08:58:00 PM
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Default Good Maytag Engine for a Beginner?

Hey everyone! I forgot I had an account here and Iím pondering what is a good maytag engine for a beginner? Iím so fascinated with them that I think iím going to get one someday.I donít know anything about them at all and I would love peopleís thoughts/opinions, pros/cons and all that.
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Default Re: Good Maytag Engine for a beginner?

The easiest one for a beginner would be a model 92, single. Most all is available for them. Rings, gaskets, check valves, plugs, condensers. The 72 twins are great runners but many suffer from the 150.00 Replacement, bad coil. So, the 92 would be a great starter engine.
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Ditto what Pat said. Kevin
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Default Re: Good Maytag Engine for a beginner?

I wouldn't worry about the expensive coil replacement on a maytag twin after all difficulty wise they both are easy engines, you can get everything for these engines and it is just a matter of taste. Do you want a hit miss cycle or a throttle governed style engine. I have one of each and i found both easy and enjoyable to rebuild.
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I find the purring of a 72 to be soothing and relaxing. The harsh, irregular pop of the 92 gets old in a hurry.
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The 72 styles are nice even runners. There are 3 of them. The 72-D and DA look identical, only difference between them is the ignition - slightly different mags and flywheel ID. The 3rd is the WICO version. You do not see as many, but they too run nice.

The 92 is a 'hit and miss' single. Easy to find and get parts for. Without a muffler, they are a bit noisy, but that's the charm. if you do decide to get one, either get a Maytag muffler (there are several styles) or get an adapter and put a 3/4" B&S long muffler on it. Don't use the chincy 1/2" mufflers sold on EBay -they are too restrictive and will cause the engine to choke up the exhaust with carbon. the B&S muffler will work on both engines, the trick is th get the 3/4" adapter that will mate it to the exhaust flange on the engines. Although all the 92s look very similar, there are variations with them too. 4 different fuel tanks, some came with air filters (different carbs). All are good runners. it is really neat if you run something, like a fan or water pump with them. Makes them bark a bit!

price wise, the twins and 92s are about the same. Out here (NJ), they go for between 125 and 175 for a running engine. One thing to lok for - turn the flywheel gently back and forth. If the flywheel moves more than about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch, you will have to go inside and have a look at the connecting rod, and machine down the end cap to take off some of the play. if the flywheel turns more than a 1/4" before the play is taken up, then a new con rod will probably be needed - at a minimum.

If you are looking at a twin (72), make sure it has spark on both sides. DO NOT pull a spark plug wire off when the engine is running - sure way to kill a coil on the 72s You MUST stop a 72 by opening the air cap at least 2 turns open to stop the engine.

Remember OIL ratio 16:1 - 1 cup SAE 30 non-detergent OIL or A good marine OIL not lubricant Type TCW-3 is best if you do not use the SAE 30. The Maytags all have solid phosphor bronze con rods. No ball or roller bearings. They also do not have seals on the mains - they depend on a tight fit to keep oil in and air out. Modern lubes ate too thin to maintain a seal. Some guys are cutting the ratio to 20:1. I do not recommend it. Too many ruined engines because of it. By the time you hear the squeal of dry bearings, it is too late. The damage is done.
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I agree, both the 72 and 92 are great starter engines. Normally someone beginning wants to be successful on their first try and may have limited resources. That's why I mentioned the 92 as first choice. Normally not a bad coil as the 72's are prone to have. The 72 is a sweet runner. I have 2 Eismans and one Wico. Depending on what's availiable and for what price may determine a choice. Yes, a muffler is a great option to not bother your show neighbors, and several things can be powered by them. For summer shows, a box fan, is a big hit.
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Wow! You guys all know what youíre talking about! (duh!) Now Iím not sure which engine I want and now especially what to power with one. Either way keep um coming since I want to hear more!
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One more thing, follow Andrew's oil/mix instructions and which of any, you choose you will enjoy many hours of trouble free running.
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One that is running when you buy it. Ron
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