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Hi, I'm looking at an Ariens compact 24 with a 208 cc Briggs OHV engine. Is this a USA made or Chinese engine? Thanks
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My mistake, I forgot to post that it is a 2010 model. I wasn't sure what year Briggs went to overseas manufacturing.
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Sorry you did mention Briggs. That is a good question I am not sure which year they did start manufacturing in China. I know they transitioned some sizes before others, the 342cc engines that Ariens used in the Platinum series I think up to 2012 or 2013, however I am unsure of the 208cc engine. Someone will likely weigh in on this soon. Welcome aboard and all the best.

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Im sure someone will confirm or deny this cause I could be wrong but according to scottmans site 2010 was the start of the Chinese motors.

"Also beginning with the 2010 model year, No more Tecumseh engines!"

The Ariens 1960's and 1970's Sno-Thro info site.

Not sure, but reading through the forum, even though they are Chinese engines the ones we get on the Ariens have had a little more love an attention then lets say, maybe the choice of engine for an MTD blower?

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Thanks for the information, appreciate it. This machine was particularly clean and a descent price, but I'd prefer one with a USA made engine if I'm going to buy used. The LCT engines may prove to be descent when we look back at them, but my experience with most Chinese made products is not a positive one.
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In 2013, the 208cc Briggs was made in China, and the only remaining US-made Briggs engines were the larger snowblower engines:

2013 Briggs engines made in the USA:
926513 - 12V Pro 32 - 342cc "Ariens Polar Force by B&S" engine. (2013)
921018 - Platinum 30 - 342cc "Ariens Polar Force by B&S" (2013)
921013 - Deluxe 30 - 342cc "Ariens Polar Force by B&S" (2013)

and those three models were the last Ariens that were 100% made in the US models, where both the snowblower and the engine were both made in the USA.
(and actually, thats only one Briggs engine model)

I dont have the data for 2010 specifically, but im going to say its 99.999% likely that the 208cc Briggs in 2010 was made in China..
Briggs started making the smaller engines in China around 1999/2000.

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I put the Pradator (99 at HF) on my 10M6 last year and it runs great. Best 99 I ever spent. I would use a china made engine again. I feel that the most important thing, regardless of make, is the maintenance and care one gives to the engine.
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Don't sweat a Chinese made engine made under the Briggs name.

The Chinese do things right when they have too. They have a space program like we do. If they are told to build it right using proper materials and procedures, they will do it. I trust my Ariens platinum 30 engine and it ran great for 3 years so far with lots of power.
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