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Choose: 926060 (B & S eng) or 926078 (NEW Ariens eng) ???

Ok. I've finally decided to go with the Ariens RapidTrak Pro 28" over the Honda 32". Looks like Ariens has a brand new motor this year built in house vs the B & S motor that's been on previous year's. I've found both models available 926060 B & S and the new Ariens 926078. Both are identical price. Both are identical snow blowers except for the motors. I'm nervous about buying any brand new model of anything when it first comes out. We've all seen auto manufacturers new models or revamped models come out with a myriad of problems that take a year or two to correct. So, what would be the advantages of going with the brand new Ariens engine vs last year's B & S ??? Which would you choose ??? I need to make a decision quickly as the older 926060 is getting harder and harder to find. Thanks.
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Ariens doesn't build the engine, it's manufactured by LCT. Unlike the Briggs all warranty work is handled by Ariens without regard to the manufacturer which was not the case with the Briggs. All their warranty work must go through them. The LCT is not a new engine by any means, only relatively new installed on the Ariens.



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I belive the briggs has a larger fuel tank if that is of importance for you

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I have the LCT 414 cc engine and it is great. The LCT 420 cc engine was around in 2014 as well, just new for Ariens as MarkChambers said. The crankshaft is 1 mm longer to go from 414 cc to 420 cc.

LCT use a small gas tank.

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Ok. Great. Tank size, assuming it's not significantly different in capacity, isn't an issue for my needs. I guess I won't worry about going with the newer 926078 model than. I have zero experience with LCT engine's but I'm glad to hear these are not brand new and have been "proven".
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I purchased the 926060 last year, I'm very satisfied by it.

Look a little more into it, when researching last year I'm pretty sure I checked that LCT engine in other models, and the main complaints was the fuel tank size. On the Briggs, I'm always surprised when I fill it up how big a tank it is.
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Was just browsing elsewhere, and found this thread, asking the same exact quesiton.

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/foru...me-decide.html
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Thanks bud for posting that link. Good information. I might see if I can get last year's B & S version vs the LCS engine on the 2020.
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