Briggs, Stratton Intek Gold

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Terry45, Feb 11, 2006.

  1. Terry45

    Terry45 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hi, Is the Briggs, Stratton Intek Gold a good motor? This motor will be in a 26 HP in a Sears riding mower.

    Thanks, Terry
  2. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Depends on what it will be used for. Are you planning on running a mowing business with it or just cutting your own lawn? If it is your own lawn, it will most likely be o.k.
  3. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    As maniac said it depends, For homeowner use you will get many years use out of the Intek. However for Commercial use the Briggs Vanguard engine is the better choice from that company.
  4. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    For reisdential use it should be fine. Their good engines. It would probibly run a long time if used commercially but the Craftsman tractor wouldn't hold up to that.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    The intek might be a top moter,but not for me we are sold on the vanguards scag is putting a 24 horse power intek on there tiger cub i am still worried of the long levity.
  6. Terry45

    Terry45 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the information and this riding mower will be used by a home owner. He now is looking into what is best motor that can be put on a riding mower. Were can he get recall and ratings information on motors at?

    Thanks, Terry.
  7. Redneckn

    Redneckn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    Inteks have been fairly problematic for the Craftsman tractors this past year. I would say spend the extra cash and get the Kohler.

    *trust me, I work for Sears*
  8. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I agree with redneck. I would stay away from the Intek. If you get one anyway, check into improving the air filtration system and watch for oil usage or smoking. These engines are prone to leaking head gaskets that let the engine keep good compression but leak oil past the oil return hole into the cylinder or intake tract.

    Good luck,

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