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Kawasaki or Briggs and Stratton engine in a zero turn.

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RichG

06-22-2010 21:57:11
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Ok people I have posted on here for years and now I need help. I am buying a zero turn mower and have to decide if I want a Kawasaki engine or a briggs engine. Either will be on the same mower just the Kawasaki will be $850 more....PLZ HELP!!!! Z425 or the z445....
Thanks




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dixon boy

06-24-2010 05:04:46
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 Re: Kawasaki or Briggs and Stratton engine in a zero turn. in reply to RichG, 06-22-2010 21:57:11  
it is simply sales pitch and thats what deere puts in there units currently in some models just like all the other companies. i also have the engine options but all it does in my experience is confuse people or make for more engine stories. you keep any of them service on regular basis etc and you really won't know much difference other than in the sound of the engines. what size unit you looking at and wher you at gladly price you out new unit. i start at 2000 and top line units are 9400 tops with the kawasaki if that make you feel better. to me its not worth the extra good luck

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ken combs

06-23-2010 08:16:44
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 Re: Kawasaki or Briggs and Stratton engine in a zero turn. in reply to RichG, 06-22-2010 21:57:11  
IMO, it depends on which B&S it is. If it is a Vanguard, it is as good as any top flight engine. Others, not so good.



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usetabesteve

06-23-2010 07:23:41
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 Re: Kawasaki or Briggs and Stratton engine in a zero turn. in reply to RichG, 06-22-2010 21:57:11  
That's not as complicated as people try to make it. You can replace the Briggs engine for not much more than the difference in price between those mowers. Keep your oil and filters changed which ever one you buy.

The Briggs engine may not be as good as the Kawasaki but it is almost as good.



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dhermesc

06-23-2010 09:12:46
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 Re: Kawasaki or Briggs and Stratton engine in a zero turn. in reply to usetabesteve, 06-23-2010 07:23:41  
I agree with Steve. While the Briggs may not be quite as good, for $850 you could replace the Briggs at least once and still be money ahead and have almost twice as much service life with an angine almost any small engine shop can (or will) work on.



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William Draper

06-23-2010 07:14:25
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 Re: Kawasaki or Briggs and Stratton engine in a zero turn. in reply to RichG, 06-22-2010 21:57:11  
There is not a cut and dry answer to your question. It depends on how many hours per year the machine is to be operated. If you are going to use it in a commercial operation (every day operation) Kawasaki is probabily the best way to go. A Briggs and Stratton will not last quite as long but parts are lower priced and many more places sell them. It is also easier to find a technician trained (out of the John Deere network) to service Briggs and Stratton.
My experience is it depends on your situation.
Bill.

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