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Old 02-12-2007, 06:50 AM   post #1 of 42
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Which do you think is currently putting out the best quality engines these days (last few years)? I realize that this can never be answered perfectly and is somewhat subjective. But I'm still interested in people's opinions.

To keep this discussion remotely relevant, let's assume were talking about similar engines in the say 14-19hp range, all using a real oil pump and filter (not the low-end oil slings).

Interested in your thoughts, thanks!

Chris

p.s. I know that JD use to use Kawasaki engines in some models, do any other brands use them?
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Old 02-12-2007, 05:58 PM   post #2 of 42
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Just listing to everybody else talk, I would say Kawasaki has one of the best engines... And of course Honda...
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I have best luck with KHOLER! thanks; sonny
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I like Kohler and Kawasaki it very good motors for me.
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Old 02-13-2007, 02:03 AM   post #5 of 42
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kohler and kow for sure. but my all time favorite is Wisconsin .
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:07 AM   post #6 of 42
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I have best luck with KHOLER! thanks; sonny
I`ll also go along with Sonny, I`ll also add Kawa. singles and v twins motors.
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Much appreciated, thanks everyone!
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:13 AM   post #8 of 42
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I go with kohlers and hondas....spent many hours working on all of them and they seem to be the best......I won't even think of owning anything with a briggs and straton on it......lol
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Old 02-13-2007, 10:19 AM   post #9 of 42
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B&S (Vanguard), Kaw.
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I'd say Kohler and Honda.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:12 PM   post #11 of 42
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I was going to say what Kevin said, Honda and Kawasaki. I'll put my Vanguard up to any of them too, its just a sweet purring machine that pumps out power.
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From Better to Crap..

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Old 02-15-2007, 05:53 AM   post #13 of 42
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I cant beleve you put Tecumseh in front of Briggs I/C Flatheads,Briggs 5hp Flathead,Wisconsin.Wisconsin Robin.Robin Subaru.Kohler Courage...
I would say Wisconsin was one of the best ever made... But Tecumseh gotta be at the very bottom... Our local junkyard has tons of them... I wont even look at them...
I dont have much good to say about the new Briggs eather...
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Ok, stupid question, but why are Tecumsehs so bad? I know of 5 people that have Sno kings on their Ariens just doors from me, these things are ancient and they work flawlessly? And my 10hp Tech. works great, also a snowking.

I also have a 5hp B&S flathead on my Pony tiller that may fit where you have it. It leaked oil at the muffler, head gasket, but since I put a new muffler and gasket in, it is another fantastic motor that powers through anything.

I'm not debating here, just curious because I only see what's in front of me not the big picture.lol
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My 2 stage snowthrower has a 5HP Tec snowking and its an awesome motor. bout 10 years old and 1 pull and it runs perfect. I truely believe that its all how the motor is taken care of. I also have a 6.5 BS quantum that has well over 2000 hours in its 2 year lifespan and still running good. Its being used commercially cutting 8-10 hours a day 7 days a week. Accually its a Craftsman rear wheel drive self propelled lawn mower we use at the golf course.
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