Does everyone still stay away from B&S???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ommegang, May 29, 2011.

  1. ommegang

    ommegang LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Considering 36" mowers. Ariens is 1400 elect start w/ B&S. Just wondering if B&S is making any better motors relative to Kawi and Kohler these days?
  2. Hawkshot99

    Hawkshot99 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,317

    Well that is not a commercial engine so it will not last like a commercial engine. Neither is the mower.

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    Bs vanguard has been a great motor for us
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  4. underPSI

    underPSI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    I don't know how a rumor that B&S engines are junk because I can tell you from experience it's next to impossible to kill them. I have poured SAND in the spark plug hole on a B&S engine trying to kill it and 3 full gas tanks later the engine is still running strong.
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,178

    Why would you do such a thing?
  6. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some of the lines such as Vanguards are very good proven engines.
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  7. underPSI

    underPSI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    To see how strong of an engine it is, why else? Don't you do this on all your engines? If it ain't tough I don't want it.
  8. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,337

    Im sorry continue!

    Best motor is a hondaaaaaa:canadaflag::canadaflag:
    Until you need customer service....gotta call to canada and they never answer!
  9. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,268

    Yes Honda the gutless wonder in the commercial world.

    As for B&S engines I call them Briggs and scrap iron but in all honesty the vanguards are not bad at all. BUT you are looking at a consumer mower and not commercial. Just go get yourself a Gravely 36G belt drive. It will last you a long time and comes in at $2990 plus tax. Also if we ever get nuked you can hide under it and be just fine until the radiation kills you. The 36G is built like a freaking tank.
  10. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    I hear they have gotten better but I wouldn't spend my money on one.

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