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What is the best engines to buy

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Blaster822, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. Blaster822

    Blaster822 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    What is the best engine to buy for a riding lawn mower at a good price.

    For example:
    Brigg & strattion
  2. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Posts: 422

    What type of riding mower? I never had much success with Briggs. I run Kawasaki's on my walkbehinds with few problems. On our ZTRs we run Kawasakis and Kohlers. As far as a good price for the motor check with a catalog company. Ordering one through your local dealer will run you. The cost will vary depending on what type of motor and the horse power.
  3. fox

    fox LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Posts: 57

    kawasaki and honda have the market as far as performance, briggs and stratton and kohler are more affordable. depends on how much you want. personally, spend a little more now, save a lot more later.
  4. careco

    careco LawnSite Member
    Posts: 32

    Best engine for the money is a Kubota gas or diesel! Got a gas in a Grasshopper with the Kubota gas and over 4,000 hrs, and still going strong and don't use any oil ! Got 618 Grasshopper with Kohler OVC 18 hp and hate the engine ! Love the Hopper Take Briggs over Kohler any day! That's my 2 cents for what that's worth! RFO's CARECO
  5. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 954

    kawasaki and honda hands down the best engines on the market.
  6. C & S

    C & S LawnSite Member
    Posts: 125

    Hey Careco,
    You say you don't like the engine in your 618. What else do you not like, or is that about it. I'm am looking at purchasing one and would appreciate it if I could get a heads up before I possibly make a $7500 mistake. Thanks.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    The question is kind of vague. What kind of mower are you talking about?
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    my fav are Kawasaski & Kohler

    I just seem to have a lot of problems with Briggs
  9. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    I ditto that!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE BOTH OF EM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Mr.Stripey Lawn Care

    Mr.Stripey Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    I run a Kawi 19 hp, and love it. They also don't bicker. I knew a couple of guys that blew there motors under 25 hrs. They put a new one on and didn't say a word about it.

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