Since they never made a Honda powered staggered deck LB, I figured that gold series tecumseh was the nicest factory made machine. Regarding the V, I'm part of a small percentage of people who love the V engine, it is very torquey, can almost run with my duraforces, doesnít have the lower seal and coil issues plaguing the duraforce engines, and is a few pounds lighter. When the muffler baffle is intact and the muffler housing isnít broken around the mounting screws (which is rare, they are often broken), it is hardly louder than an F engine. Iíd say the F is the best engine, love my 10651, but would definitely put the V ahead of the duraforce in quality. The 10550 was my Ďgotta haveí mower for a couple years. I got one last year, didnít even have it 3 weeks before I traded it. Iíve sold all of my duraforces except for my super clean 10324, which is up for sale on Craigslist now. Once that one goes, Iíll celebrate being duraforce free and get myself a 10518 or 10523.
Ah. Maybe the youtube vids of the Vs I've heard had the muffler issues making it louder.
I have a couple Duraforce I think w/leaky bottoms, haha. The one that I use as my main back yard mower (10323) doesn't leak and doesn't surge. It's a beast and I love it. I wouldn't care to push one around though - like the the latest one I obtained and plan on fixing and flipping.. a push version Duraforce - screw that noise, lol. Wouldn't be so bad on flats, but I have hills in the back yard and have come to really like that 10323 for them. I used my little 19" F pusher out back last week because I had arm surgery and need to use something light since I'm a 1-arm bandit for now, and albeit small and light, I still prefer my 10323 out back. It's just better suited for the back, but it's heavier. The 104101 is my front yard mower and works perfectly for that and outshines the 10323 for the front application. I get the weirdest looks when I say I have a front-yard mower and a back-yard mower, lol.
I'd have to look to see if my Easy Stride Duraforce has a seal leak, I wanna say it does a little bit but I forget. I didn't use it this season so I don't recall for sure. I do recall that one of the freebie Duraforce units out back was a leaker though. Coils I haven't had to deal with so much - yet. The one I picked up last could be my start though, as it was said there's an 'ignition issue'. We'll see.
Check out the Honda-powered staggered deck I picked up
It doesn't work as intended though. I was excited when I picked it up and wondered how it was achieved, well.. it wasn't so much. It's a Frankenstein that doesn't function properly, a work in progress maybe. The guy I picked it up from got it from a passed relative who was into mowers. He was the only one remotely interested in mowers in the family so they contacted him to see if he wanted to buy them from the estate and he did. He either didn't know WTF was going on though, or tried to play it off, because the first thing I asked was "Who swapped this motor onto the deck then, you or the deceased?" and he was like "What do you mean? That's the factory motor", to which I laughed and told 'em that no, that motor is from an early 2000's LB and has been swapped onto this deck. It ran great but didn't propel like it was supposed to, there's some cobbling going on there between the motor and trans. The Honda ran/runs good though and I got it semi-cheap. Figured I'd use the motor on another deck or something, but haven't gotten to that point yet.