Why not B&S engine????

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nitro121, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. nitro121

    nitro121 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I might by a Yazoo/Kee's 48" ZTR for next summer. I just started a small lawn cutting service this year and I used a Walmart riding mower. Well I made enough to pay off the mower, trailer, blower, etc and a little cash. So next year I'm thinking of getting a ZTR and it's between Yazoo and Husq for commercial stuff where I'm at. The Yazoo guy seems to be more about the customer so I'll probably go w/ him. Anyway......

    I can get it w/ a B&S for about 1 grand less than the Kaw. But I don't see anyone talking about B&S and he said most pro's go w/ the upgraded engine. Well I'll only be cutting about 10-20 hours a week max....I only cut about 5 hours a week this year but will advertise more and try to pay off this mower this next summer. So what's they deal....B&S not very good....I thought they've been around forever and were a decent engine.

  2. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
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    personally I have never had any problem with b/s engines. especially since you are going to be putting on 20 hrs a week max, i see no reason why it would be a problem. plus, i know that a grand saved when you are starting up is huge. i would say go for it. good luck.
  3. bluemoon

    bluemoon LawnSite Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 114

    B&S are junk, cheap and stay away if at all possible. I am sure there is someone out there with a positive thing to say about B&S.
    That Kaw will run circles around that B&S, and last longer. Yea its 1k less in money but it is many k less in value.
    Go with the Kaw.
  4. pjslawncare/landscap

    pjslawncare/landscap LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,410

    I like Briggs. I have several mowers and they have Briggs, Kaws, & Kohler. Been running the briggs for ten years and I see no difference in reliability, performance or anything else compared to the others. Actually I have have more troubles from my Kaws & Kohlers, so I guess u could say I like Briggs better.
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Nver have been a fan of B&S myself. Kawi, Honda, Kubota all good. For that many hours a week though it would probably be fine though. Anymore than that I'd be looking to upgrade.
  6. nitro121

    nitro121 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, I ran about 10 hours every other week....I'm off my full time job every other friday....plus I cut our 3 acres so I probably ran it about 13/14 hours bi-weekly. I'm looking to cut down the time on my lawn too. I figured for what I'm doing the B&S should be ok. That walmart 18.5 hp b&s is running just like the day I bought it. Never know I may upgrade but any tips are helpful. I'm just hoping to pay off the equipment next summer and then start making a profit the summer after.....of course unless this thing takes off and I can make money now.

  7. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
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    What kind of Briggs engine is it? There are different "grades". i.e. Quantum, Intek,Vanguard. The Vanguard is made by Mitsubishi ( I think) and is being used on some big named ZTR's. I have one on my leaf loader and have no problems. It's 16hp and a v twin. I don't have alot of hours on it because it doesn't get used daily. On the flip side of the coin, I have 2 Kaw. and they run great. ( 12.5 and 19 hp ) Matt
  8. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well I would if everything wasn't friggin' disabled at the moment....
    Ah... technical difficulties....

    Got an e-mail address you don't mind exchanging for the info?
  10. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    This statement is an old outdated mindset.
    Ask small engine mechanics who have an unbiased opinion and you will find that B&S engines are no different than Kawi's or Kohlers.
    B&S has come a long way from where they once were and many of there current engines (bigger bore) are manufactured by Diahatsu.

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