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Replacement engine sourcing

harryhomeowner

LawnSite Member
Location
Fairfax, VA
So, it looks like my '97 Great Dane, Super Surfer 52" cut;

The info:
> >Serial # 2126
> >Model # GDSZ16BV

needs a new engine. Now I'm told that my choices are:

Briggs-Stratton Engine
18 HP Horizontal 3-51/64" Tapered Shaft Twin OHV Vanguard Recoil
350447-104
or

Kawasaki
FH500V-AS20

or

Kawasaki
FH500V-BS20

This is a residentially used mower for my 3/4 Acre of grass. I have not intention of changing this to electric start.

Which engine would you recommend?

Where would you recommend buying it from?

Additional comments are always welcome.

Harry.
 

fireman649

LawnSite Member
tulsaenginewarehouse.com They are great and have a lot of deals going on. They can make the electric start Kawasaki into a recoil and it will be cheaper, I just got one from them for 749.00, I think. I personally like Kawasaki, but briggs is a good motor also. What motor was on it?
 

rdarnell

LawnSite Member
Location
Bluff City, TN
ANYTIME you can go with a Kawi you won't regret it because it's just so much better than a B&S. Also, look at smallenginewarehouse.com...they're located in Dunkirk, Indiana. I've used them several times and have found them to be a first-class operation (and their prices aren't bad either!).
 

khouse

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
lee's summit, mo
I suggest going somewhere else! $750 for one head is crazy. Can you remove the head yourself? Get another quote? What is wrong with the head?
 

Restrorob

LawnSite Fanatic
WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST??????
I'm with khouse on this one :dizzy: ......FIND ANOTHER SHOP !!!

Below is the cost of a brand new head assembly with EVERYTHING but intake and exhaust gaskets. You could buy the head (kit) a Briggs service manual and a inch lb. torque wrench and do it yourself for under 200 bux.....

Now, This may not be the exact part number you need since you didn't post YOUR model and type numbers but is within a couple $ either way.

http://www.briggspowershop.com/Brig...ts&Catalog=BriggsAndStratton&ProductId=809186
 

Restrorob

LawnSite Fanatic
Tapered shaft? Ummmm,
I thought the same pugs, I just figured his info. source being wrong since that type number doesn't exist either.
 
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