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Old 09-01-2008, 04:07:29 PM
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Default Wisconsin BKND engine info

Ok, so since I never have been able to not jump into things with both feet. I found today a Wisconsin BKND engine, I have not bought it yet (cause I am still shopping) but I would like to know a little more info on this motor, about when was it built, and is it a little easier to work on that say a little Maytag?
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:16:38 PM
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Default Re: Wisconsin BKND engine info

Wisconsin engines are known for being very well built. There are thousands of them still in service . They are easy to work on and service manuals and parts are no problem to locate. Maytags are certainly less common but parts and information are still pretty easy to come by when you learn where to look.
I'm not sure you can compare Wisconsins to Maytags. Wisconsins are obviously larger and technically more advanced in design. I've found them both to be enjoyable to work on though.
Whichever route you take I'm sure you'll have fun and soon find yourself anxious to bring home more!
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David, also check out my web site,

Also the Small Engines page here.

BKN's are very common. They are relatively bulletproof as such things go, with big Timkin tapered roller bearings, replaceable rod inserts, and removable magnetos. The BKND has stellite exhaust valves, making it even tougher. Don't pay too much for one. The expensive and hard to find part is the air cleaner assembly. The magnetos are very robust & in-expensive. Gaskets & rings are easy to get. BKN's use a rectangular gas tank that is not as hard to find nor as costly as the round ones. Watch too that the carb has not corroded too badly on the inside, the small side-draft Zenith is bad for this.

Let me know if I can help.
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How much would a bknd be worth I mint condishion
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:32:49 PM
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Me and my brother pick wisconsins of various sizes on auctions for $15 to $60, wont pay much more than that unless its got a clutch or something else cool.
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