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IHC LA vs LB


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Old 11-08-2011, 04:40:12 PM
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Default IHC LA vs LB

I am getting ready to purchase a small engine. This will be my first one. I have found two from two different people. I have not heard either of them run. I am looking for comments as to whether the LB is better than the LA or vice versa. Both look to be in great condition. All of the parts are there and both owners say they run well. The LA is priced higher than the LB. I will be using this engine to power a corn sheller.
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:45:11 PM
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The LA is the older of the two. The only difference between a LA and a LB is the LB has an automatic oiling system for the rocker arms. other then that they are virtually the exact same engine. They do run well and parts are easy to come by. I would probably go for the older one (the LA) as they seem to be a little more scarce then the LB's and they are older.
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Default Re: IHC LA vs LB

I have an LA which I like very much. There is very little difference between the 2. The LB is only a LA updated to self oil some of the parts and a few other modifications. Given the choice at the same price in the same condition I would probably pick the older one. but at different prices I would probably pick the cheaper one. So pick the one you like the best what ever your reason. Bill K
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That is too hard of a decision to make... buy BOTH!
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Default Re: IHC LA vs LB

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That is too hard of a decision to make... buy BOTH!
I like your answer. If I had plenty of cash, I certainly would. I guess the reason I'm so torn, the LB is a nice looking engine and is all complete. It doesn't look as nice as the LA, though. The LA is missing the valve cover but is a much nicer looking engine, but is priced $200 higher.
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The LA is missing the valve cover but is a much nicer looking engine, but is priced $200 higher.
I've sold IHC LAs for $200.00 to $250.00 many times. It seems to me the guy with that LA wants way too much for his engine.

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Default Re: IHC LA vs LB

Another difference is that the LB has a speed control lever,which most LA's didn't have.
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Default Re: IHC LA vs LB

As Dick mentioned, the speed control handle right beside the flywheel, is a nice touch for running something, although I doubt a corn sheller with have much drain on power! The valve cover is a $50 item, so factor that. Also, there were several options on LA/LB that could effect increase the price, air cleaner/pumpjack are common. Two items to check: on the mixer/carb, we've seen many with stripped thread in both the gas adjustment knob, and especially the metal gas line from the gas tank. Check to see if the gas line has any putty on the fitting, often leaks there.

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on an la or an lb, would a black rubber insulated plug wire have been used or a braided one? while were on the subject of la and lbs
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