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420cc Briggs & Stratton Vs LCT? => Help Me Decide

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I was just notified by my Ariens dealer that I could get the snowblower I ordered with either the Briggs & Stratton engine or the LCT engine. Originally I was told that they only had access to the LCT engine version, so this means now I have to decide. This is the 420cc carbureted engine (wanted EFI, but not available with Ariens FasTrak :-().

After searching around on the web, it's hard to tell if one is better than the other. Most of the experts (Paul Sikkema and others) don't seem to have a strong preference either way. Maybe that's a good thing and means that they're both OK. But I'm obsessing over this and hoping you guys can chime-in and help tip the scales for me one way or the other.

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Is the LCT a 420 Also???? I assume you meant both but...want to be sure.
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Or LCt 414CC?
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From what I know, both are good engines mechanically. I've got a Briggs 420 personally and it's been a good unit so far. The Briggs does have the advantage of a much larger fuel tank (about 1.5 gallons) and there's also a 12v starter, etc. available for this engine, so battery start conversion is fairly easy if desired.
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Yes, both 420cc.
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Briggs Gross Torque 21 ft. lbs.
LCT Gross Torque 20 ft. lbs.

Briggs 1.5 gallon Tank
LCT 1 Gallon Tank

Briggs weighs 81LBS.
LCT weighs75.5LBS.
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Here's what I found on power:

B&S
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Torque curve: http://bsintek.basco.com/BriggsDocum...DvrS8lFix2.pdf (re-edited to fix this)
The max HP is at 3600 RPM. The torque at that RPM looks like about 19.8 ft lbs, so a quick HP calculation gives 13.6 HP

LCT
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Couldn't find a torque curve.
But see page 3 of: https://redlionproducts.com/media/42...evd_101413.pdf
They quote 13.0 HP

So if you believe all that the B&S is slightly more powerful.

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Go with the Briggs. The EFI, LCT version has a half gallon tank which leads to a short run time of about 45 minutes. The carburetor version of the Briggs has a larger tank as I recall.
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Go with the Briggs. The EFI, LCT version has a half gallon tank which leads to a short run time of about 45 minutes. The carburetor version of the Briggs has a larger tank as I recall.
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There is no EFI LCT version offered. The only LCT option I have is the non-EFI version.

Do you know what the gas tank size is on the non-EFI LCT engine?

I still don't feel like there's much to differentiate between the two options.

I understand that Ariens is getting away from B&S. I heard that the reason is simply because B&S now owns a bunch of other snowblower brands, which makes them a competitor to Ariens.
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I know the throttle's are different on both. I prefer the Briggs throttle because it has a wide range and is easily adjusted. Some on the forum have mentioned that the LCT throttle is just idle or full. I don't know if this is the case on the LCT 420cc but you might check if this makes a difference to you.

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