Replacement engine sourcing

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by harryhomeowner, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. harryhomeowner

    harryhomeowner LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  2. fireman649

    fireman649 LawnSite Member
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    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?
     
  3. harryhomeowner

    harryhomeowner LawnSite Member
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    It came with a B&S Vangaurd - 975 hours.
     
  4. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What's wrong with the B&S? Maybe just a rebuild? Maybe not???
     
  5. rdarnell

    rdarnell LawnSite Member
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    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!).
     
  6. harryhomeowner

    harryhomeowner LawnSite Member
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    #2 head needs to be rebuilt $750......

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

    WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST??????
     
  7. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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?
     
  8. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    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/Brig...ts&Catalog=BriggsAndStratton&ProductId=809186
     
  9. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    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 :)
     
  10. Restrorob

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

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