So how is the Briggs ELS for home use?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by estesbubba, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. estesbubba

    estesbubba LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    In another thread I posted I'm looking at a Exmark Quest with Briggs 22HP ELS engine. Doing searches I've read that some people say to avoid this engine and others say it's fine. Are there widespread issues with this engine and if so, what are they? Are the people that don't like it ones that use it commercially putting a lot of hours on it? I would use it to mow my 1-2 acres and that's it.

    I did test drive the Quest today on pavement and really like how it handles. It has the ZT2800 drive system. I drove my buddies 2004 Hustler Fastrak yesterday and it didn't handle as smoothly. I don't think his has the ZT2800 drive but the new Fastraks do now.

    I'm sure either the Exmark Quest or Hustler Fastrak would give me many years of service. I'm just wonder how the Briggs ELS engine would be for residential use?
  2. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    We have had a homeowner mower with briggs in the past that we used every 5 days on 3 acres and it lasted over 10 years.
  3. estesbubba

    estesbubba LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Any other opinions?
  4. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Just thought I might add, It lasted 10 years until we sold it..... So well over 10 years im sure.
  5. lambdin

    lambdin LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 94

    I guess since I was one of the briggs critics I should give you my 2 cents,
    When I set out to buy a zero turn I demoed alot of mowers, two of them a scag tiger cub and everide hornet had the ELS engine and both seemed very under powered compared to a kawasaki or honda, when comparing the hornet els to the hornet 23 kaw it seemed like the els was running at half throttle, and the els is supposed to be 26hp? also I should mention that the mowers that have the els are priced less for good reason, you just cant compare the briggs to the kaw or honda, you get what you pay for in this arena, on the other hand if performance is not that big of a deal and your trying to save some money the els might be for you, my dealor still has the new 2007 tiger cub with the els for $5,700.00 because he cant sell it. as for the Exmark I think they are great mowers but think you should demo a New hustler, I know dealors in my area are giving out some great deals right now, either way you go I wish you the best of luck! :)
  6. Hawg City Lawns

    Hawg City Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    well i have a husqvarna tractor i use as a backup that has a 21 hp els and i think its a great little engine, doesnt take any oil hardly but it does drink gas when its mowing something above 4 inches tall but what doesnt i demoed a quest and they are not to shabby at all i dont think they should be considered a homeowner mower at all its about like the hustler homeowner mowers just a smaller commercial mower with a homeowner engine
  7. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    You're looking at putting maybe 30 hrs a year on that engine. Anything should last you 20 years if properly maintained. You could get away with a push mower or a small walk behind like a 36" for less money.

    Briggs is notorious for over rating power. That engine probably has a true 20 hp or less.
  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    The ELS is a decent engine. For what your going to be using it for, it should serve you fine. A full service job once a year to keep it in good shape and some grease on the mower chasis and you'll be fine!
  9. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    If you can afford it commercial is the way to go. I have been using home owner equipment since I started and recently purcased a Gravely Pro 1336 and love it. Commercials will give you a better quality cut and last you ten times longer. Just remember if you treat it right it will treat you right. I won't go back to homeowner
  10. Danielslawnservice

    Danielslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 412

    if you are a homeowner than it's built for YOU!

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