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harryhomeowner
04-26-2007, 01:23 PM
So, it looks like my '97 Great Dane, Super Surfer 52" cut;

The info:
> >Serial # 2126
> >Model # GDSZ16BV

needs a new engine. Now I'm told that my choices are:

Briggs-Stratton Engine
18 HP Horizontal 3-51/64" Tapered Shaft Twin OHV Vanguard Recoil
350447-104
or

Kawasaki
FH500V-AS20

or

Kawasaki
FH500V-BS20

This is a residentially used mower for my 3/4 Acre of grass. I have not intention of changing this to electric start.

Which engine would you recommend?

Where would you recommend buying it from?

Additional comments are always welcome.

Harry.

fireman649
04-26-2007, 02:07 PM
tulsaenginewarehouse.com They are great and have a lot of deals going on. They can make the electric start Kawasaki into a recoil and it will be cheaper, I just got one from them for 749.00, I think. I personally like Kawasaki, but briggs is a good motor also. What motor was on it?

harryhomeowner
04-26-2007, 02:28 PM
It came with a B&S Vangaurd - 975 hours.

khouse
04-26-2007, 06:21 PM
What's wrong with the B&S? Maybe just a rebuild? Maybe not???

rdarnell
04-26-2007, 06:38 PM
ANYTIME you can go with a Kawi you won't regret it because it's just so much better than a B&S. Also, look at smallenginewarehouse.com...they're located in Dunkirk, Indiana. I've used them several times and have found them to be a first-class operation (and their prices aren't bad either!).

harryhomeowner
04-26-2007, 07:15 PM
#2 head needs to be rebuilt $750......

~$1,050 for a new engine including installation...

WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST??????

khouse
04-26-2007, 07:28 PM
I suggest going somewhere else! $750 for one head is crazy. Can you remove the head yourself? Get another quote? What is wrong with the head?

Restrorob
04-26-2007, 07:52 PM
WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST??????

I'm with khouse on this one :dizzy: ......FIND ANOTHER SHOP !!!

Below is the cost of a brand new head assembly with EVERYTHING but intake and exhaust gaskets. You could buy the head (kit) a Briggs service manual and a inch lb. torque wrench and do it yourself for under 200 bux.....

Now, This may not be the exact part number you need since you didn't post YOUR model and type numbers but is within a couple $ either way.

http://www.briggspowershop.com/BriggsAndStratton/ProductDetails.aspx?sendingPageType=SearchResults&Catalog=BriggsAndStratton&ProductId=809186

pugs
04-26-2007, 09:04 PM
Tapered shaft? Ummmm, no. Not sure where you got that from but you dont want a Tapered shaft engine...unless you plan to put a generator on it :)

Restrorob
04-26-2007, 09:15 PM
Tapered shaft? Ummmm,

I thought the same pugs, I just figured his info. source being wrong since that type number doesn't exist either.

harryhomeowner
04-27-2007, 09:40 AM
bump.....bump

khouse
04-27-2007, 10:33 AM
Harry,
Do you know what they said was wrong with the head? Without answering all the questions asked we just don't know what to tell you? If you just want to buy a new engine that's fine. I feel that the shop tried to scare you into a new engine. What do you think?

harryhomeowner
05-01-2007, 02:51 PM
A. Pay $750 for the repair of head #2 knowing head #1 can fail at any time.

B. Pay $1,400 for a new engine

C. Abandon the mower at the shop and they give it away

D. Put on Craigslist and sell it their

DECISION: Sold it on Craigs list for $700. I feel OK and the new mechanically inclined owner wins.

Now I'm thinking about buying a 54" Crapsman w/ a 25 HP B&S

khouse
05-01-2007, 04:07 PM
You didn't have to go past "A" because we all told you that was high. Like Restrorob told you. You could have purchased a brand new head for like $140.00 then take it to a mechanically inclined mechanic that would have installed it for $150.00 or less. But for a 1 head valve job it was probably a $250 or less repair.

harryhomeowner
05-01-2007, 04:18 PM
You guys need to move closer to me :)

Restrorob
05-01-2007, 08:50 PM
Wouldn't it be easier for one guy to move closer to the other guy'ssss ? http://www.gtr-game.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/gap.gif

khouse
05-01-2007, 11:05 PM
We may all be moving to your area because it looks like the going rate for a mechanic is $300.00 per hour.