I find it interesting when I read in a post. "Yea, the dealer told me we don't like briggs". Or hear it from a salesman. "Them briggs just don't hold up like a Kaw or Kohler". They are pushing there product foremost i know,but I think another reason is that they are strong engines w/ proper maint. Hence, the dealer may not see that engine in for a major repair.. Heck, aren't they the easiest to get parts for. Almost every brand of mower has a Briggs somewhere on the assembly line. Does kohler make racing engines? Briggs does.. The same technology is going into the Briggs as is the other engines. I'm not a basher of any, I just think Briggs needs some much overdue respect.. I would like to see all the companies that have a Briggs stand up and post about it!