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Old 03-31-2010, 12:16 AM
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briggs engines?

i was having a discusion w a friend of mine today about briggs engines. his opinion of them is that they are junk. just wondering what other guys experience is w briggs.
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:45 AM
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I've got a 1967 model 60200 mounted on my McLane edger that I use weekly. Granted though, it's been upgraded with a 3.5HP crankshaft & connecting rod, modern ignition coil, and new chrome piston rings.
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:52 AM
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I have owned a few of the 35 hp on the XS exmark. I think they are good. We average around 1200 hours per season on each. I had a 34hp kaw. and traded it back to the xs with a 35hp. More power in taller grass and alot less fuel consumption then the 34hp kaw.
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:57 AM
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I will pay the extra couple of hundred buck for a honda engine just because the smaller engines suck! Their larger engines aren't too bad, but i would prefer a honda over a briggs any day of the year.
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:29 AM
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21hp els is junk i had one on a husqvarna tractor that i used once a week on a large commercial yard that i had i would run the ztr in the front of the and my father would help me out that day and do the rear with the tractor one day mowing along nothing different than any other time and pow blew it up less than 400 hours regular maintenance was always performed nothing wrong with the engine at all still have no idea what happend took it up to the local husqvarna dealer and he said everything checked out fine and it had plenty of oil but it had thrown a rod and cracked the block i donated the engine to their scrap pile kept the shell though and still have it id sure like to put another engine on it but id never put another els on it but i did have 2 murray push mowers a while back they had like a 3.5hp briggs pretty tough old engine and good ole mower
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:00 AM
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Old 03-31-2010, 09:39 AM
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they never were a top end engine.

They will make small engines like a 2 and 3 hp that will last forever.

other than that stay a way from them
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:57 PM
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I've got a 1966 3.5hp brigs on a 22" Western Auto Supply Wizard. It still has the original spark plug, and although it does use some oil now and then and the bottom seal is seeping a bit. This motor will not die (knock on wood), the only thing done to it has been to change the air filter, a shot of carburetor cleaner now and then, a carb adjustment now and then to fine tune it, and add oil. That's it.

The new ones are total crap. Anything under about 25hp does not come with an oil filter! I do some spring service work for a few neighbors now and then and the oil that came out of those 19-25hp briggs engines looked like water. I put the same heavy duty oil that I put in my stuff (casterol SAE 30) and the next spring it looked like it had been in there for 10 years.
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Old 03-31-2010, 06:33 PM
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I have a 12 year old 6 hp briggs quantum that has never given me any trouble. I use it only twice a week though. I rather have a honda or kawasaki as they are quieter and easier to start.
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Two Vanguards (31 hp and 35 hp) with no problems. Low fuel usage for that size.
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