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Old 05-19-2011, 07:57 PM   #11
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Briggs and Stratton R worthless.......IMHO!

I've been grappling with them my entire life. From Dad's mower to the POS that he gave me a few years ago. NEVER again. Hondas all around (car, van, quad, generator, and push mower) and never a problem.

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Old 05-20-2011, 06:16 AM   #12
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I'm just the opposite. Every mower I've ever owned
was B&S and all the engines outlasted the mower.
I had one that sat un-used for at least 5 years.
It was over 20 years old.
The gas looked like maple syrup. I turned it upside down
and let as much run out as possible. I put some fresh
gas in the tank and pulled it several times and it
started. I stuck it out by the road with a FREE sign on it
and it was gone is 10 minutes. That guy is probably
still using it.

OTOH they are noisy. I have a B&S 5500 generator
for home emergency use and it's NOISY.
Would not want one running any where near me in a camp ground.

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Old 05-20-2011, 07:05 AM   #13
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Like Dan, I have had great luck with Briggs and Stratton engines. Simply, well built, easy to work on, and they seem to last forever.

My Chore Master tiller was given to me about 30 years ago, and it was maybe 20 years old at that time.....I remember my neighbor using that when I was a wee lad. The rings are worn, so it smokes a little, but still starts after just several tugs on the rope.

I bought a new push mower in 1975, and I had to replace the mower deck, but the motor still runs great.

The main reason I settled on my John Deere garden tractor and my Ariens snowblower is because they both had Briggs and Stratton engines.

But.......I have a Yamaha generator. When I bought that the Hondas and Yamahas were the most popular, and didn't evne realize that Briggs & Stratton even made an inverter generator. And noise was a concern.


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