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Posted by RamRod Sword of Baal on May 5, 2004, 4:23 am
 
I am about to buy a ride on mower to mow the laws on my rather large block

I see that there is two units that interest me, one has a Tecumseh 12.5hp
OHV Cast Iron Sleeve Engine c/w Oil Pump


The other has a Briggs and Stratton 13.5hp OHV Intek Cast Iron Sleeve Engine

The one with the tecumseh motor is some $AUD 600.00 cheaper, that is around
$40.00 US. than the briggs and Stratton

Anyone know much about the two motors in question?




Posted by SPR on May 5, 2004, 4:42 am
 
From my experience with both makers, B& S and Tecumseh both make great
engines that, with regular oil changes and good care, will last a LONG time.
What is more important are the features that the mower maker has put into
the mower that you buy.... I can tell you that I won't buy a mower with a
"clutch-brake" nor without a floating deck... the clutch-brake that is put
on cheaper units is neither clutch nor brake, but something in the middle
that doesn't work. The floating deck is a must, or the mower will
high-center on every bit of uneven ground you go across. Where you sit also
makes a difference - I'd recommend a mower that has the motor up forward and
you sit above the rear wheels vice the kind that has the motor astern and
you sit in the middle...the latter does not get enough traction and will
slip in the grass or on hills.
Hope this helps...
r/
Steve



Posted by Nick Hull on May 5, 2004, 12:57 pm
 

My experience has been opposite; The engine in  the rear puts almost all
the weight on the rear wheels and gives more traction.  The front wheels
carry little weight.

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Posted by m Ransley on May 6, 2004, 8:28 pm
 The B& S is probably better


Posted by Harry Chickpea on May 5, 2004, 2:58 pm
 

I just had a small B&S (6.5hp) damage itself when my self-propelled mower hit a
large palm frond and stalled out, so I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a B&S.
The Tecumseh motor on a previous self-propelled was still going when the deck
was damaged beyond repair and the wheels fell off.

I would be more concerned about the factors other have listed, along with the
gauge of the deck metal - some are thinner than others and will wear through or
dent easily.  If you have any sharps such as spiny plants, sharp rocks, etc.,
don't buy one with balloon tires. (Not a joke, some tires are very thinwalled
and only meant for use on manicured lawns.)  If there is a choice between a two
bladed and three bladed deck, the three bladed one with shorter blades won't
give as finished a cut, but the torque on the blades is enough to chew up
almost anything you would toss into the bin of a home chipper.  When I limb my
trees, everything less than 1" in diameter gets tossed onto the dirt and ground
up with my riding mower/tractor.  After a few passes, there is nothing left but
mulch and twig segments.

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