B & S vanguard Engines Good?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by gadfreak, May 12, 2004.

  1. gadfreak

    gadfreak LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Messages: 37

    I haven't used anything but Kohler and Honda. How do the vanguards hold up?

  2. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    I had a 16 hp, was good for me, though I did'nt really use it much, oh ya I have a 16 on a leaf vacumn
  3. metro-hp_48

    metro-hp_48 LawnSite Senior Member
    from TN
    Messages: 874

    Never recall hearing anything bad about a Vanguard. Have heard they are the most under rated of all the motors.

    Alot can be learned by searching for vanguard on here.
  4. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Briggs are good up about 10 hp single cyclinder. Their v twins don't seem to have the power. Go to a kohler or Kawi if you want a v twin. Honda is good is all sizes.
  5. deadend

    deadend LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    16hp Vanguard on my SCAG is bulletproof.
  6. grillonz

    grillonz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 79

    I have an 18hp Vanguard. No problems & plenty of power.
    Happy mowing
  7. Blades of Steel

    Blades of Steel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    My Billy Goat Leaf Vacuum has a 16 hp Vanguard and it runs just fine. Thanks for reminding me I need to fire it up today and let it run for a few minutes.
  8. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    Man, were still using ours, people still raking lawns, and calling for leaf removal. I want to get the box off and build some small racks on it.
  9. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    my 18 hp briggs vanguard is creeping towards 1800 hours pretty much trouble free.
  10. Sam-Ohio

    Sam-Ohio LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 304

    The twin Vanguards are made by Daihatsu, which is actually related to Toyota I believe. Daihatsu also makes the "Vanguard " 3 cyl. gas and diesel engines that you see on so much equipment now.

    The air cooled Vanguard twins have been around for about 10 years now, and they are terrific engines. I think they are every bit as good as any Kaw or Honda, or Kubota engine.

    The only thing that hurts their sales is the Briggs and Stratten name tag on these engines. Many people don't seem to realize that Briggs is only the distributor , and has nothing to do with the actual design or manufacturing of Daihatsu engines.

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