Small Engines



Small Engines is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Small Engines.

Small Engines 1
What you can do in this project: learn the basics of small engines; explore external engine parts and tools; identify the uses of small engines and safety issues.
Grades: 3-5
Resource: 08186, Crank It Up!

Small Engines 2
What you can do in this project: explore the internal parts of engines; learn about engine sizes and safety issues; explore different jobs related to small engines.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 08187, Warm It Up!

Small Engines 3
What you can do in this project: tear down and rebuild an engine; learn to use diagnostic tools; research rules and regulations in using small engines.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 08188, Tune It Up!

Small Engines Leader
Resources: 08189, Small Engines Helper’s Guide
4H381, Small Engines Contest Guidelines
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Small Engines? Try the links below.

Small Engines Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including small engines. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

National 4-H Engineering, Science and Leadership Events
Site for national 4-H contests and educational seminars including small engines.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.

County Fair Small engines exhibit.

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Small Engines Project. Just follow these links!

Helpful information for comparing different lawn care and snow removal products.

Source for outdoor power equipment, from walk-behind mowers to tractors.

Briggs & Stratton
Site provides information on engines, lawn mowers, lawn care, engine maintenance and servicing.

EPA Non-road Spark-Ignition Engine Emissions
Site provides consumer information, regulation and guidance, compliance fee, and certification data for 10 categories of non-road spark-ignition engines, ranging from lawn and garden equipment through airport service equipment.

Find customer service and technical support for grasshopper mowers and implements as well as tips for maintenance on your machine.

Homelite manufactures handheld outdoor power equipment, including string trimmers, blowers, chain saws, and hedge trimmers for the consumer and do-it-yourselfer.

Source of information on snowmobiles to motorcycles.

How Stuff Works
Get your small engine questions answered at this site.

John Deere
Site for John Deere, which does business in 160 countries and employs 46,000 people worldwide.

Focus on its high powered, fast paced products.

Kohler Company has created engines and generators for more than 100 years.

Information on fixing your lawn mower, products and parts, as well as lawn care advice.

MTD Products
Manufactures consumer products for the lawn and garden power equipment industry.

National 4-H Online Small Engines Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Small Engines Project activities, information and links.

Information on yard and garden tractors to snow blowers. Source for owner manuals.

View Snapper’s products including walk-behind mowers, rear-engine riders, tractors, yard cruisers, commercial mowers, snow throwing equipment, and tiller and utility vehicle.

Manufacturer of gasoline engines and power-train components for lawn and garden applications, and small electric motors.

Features products from water-conserving irrigation products to earth-friendly tools.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Everything from ATVs to water crafts.

Zipper Mowers
Features its front-cutting, zero-turn riding mowers.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Small Engines Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several videos on assembling and disassembling small engines.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.