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Picked up a damaged 10252 Dura Force, crank had been bent and eventually broke in half at the cam lobe. Tore it apart and found some grooving in the block above the retaining ring. Doesn't appear to be affecting the bearing or have gotten into the piston wall, but there are a couple of burrs that will need to be filed off. I have sourced a crankshaft for it and would like to salvage as much of the motor as I can. Anybody have an opinion on whether I can get any more life out of this block? Parts probably will set me back $60, whereas I have found somebody selling unused shortblock assemblies for $115 shipped. I realize there are more cost effective, shorter paths to getting a mower, but I am trying to keep this one out of the landfill and would like to reuse as much of the original as possible. This is my first Lawn Boy and I must admit, the 2 stroke bug is a contagious one! Thanks for the help.
 

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With that amount of damage to the crank and the internals I would be hesitant to repair that engine. If you are planning to keep the mower then I would not hesitate to invest in a short block. That will basically give you an engine that will last a long time. Obviously if you are going to flip the mower then keeping the cost down is important. Just hate to see anyone waste time and money on a repair just to see it fail in a short period of time. You could also keep your eyes open for another donor mower, maybe one with a bad deck. Bill
 
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