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Briggs vs Tecumseh

Just my observation from a winter spent playing with snowblowers....I'm very familiar and comfortable playing with the Tecumsehs....but they just idle faster then I'd like to hear a machine idle...someone on a recent post said they are made to be set 1500 -1800 RPM if I remember the post right. The few Briggs powered machines I've tuned are unbelievable how slow and steady they'll idle. I don't have a tach...but I swear they sound almost like a heartbeat. Has anyone else noticed this or am I hallucinating?
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I can usually get my Tecumsehs down pretty low if I want to; but on a blower, it really serves no purpose. While on the subject, while I think Briggs engines are a bit more durable (Not as many thrown rods) I will take Tecumsehs all day long, due to their carbs being about ten times easier to clean.
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It is possible that at low rpm a splash lubed engine may not "splash" enough inside.
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Briggs & Stratton built a better engine if you're comparing flatheads to flatheads. They're more refined and they're a lot more tolerant of being run with low oil.

You don't want the idle too low though, run them too slow and they'll overheat.
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You can't beat the sound of an all cast iron B&S at idle. They purr like a kitten.
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Keep in mind that B&S made different grades of engines. They have commercial versions of aluminum engines that have steel sleeved cylinders and bearings vs the box store ones that were just aluminum. Not to mention the cast iron days...... Tecumseh on the other hand stuck to the same designs for many years. They both have their good points. I can't complain about the quality of one over the other. I see about as many failures come across the operating table in either of them. Briggs seems to have more trouble on the Vertical shaft mower engines - but Tec never got into those so it'a a moot point. Tec's 2 strokes are probably the better ones for light weight and dependability. I like both. If I can be picky I would prefer the steel sleeved B&S - but they are few and far between comparatively. I have a Cub push mower with one adn I plan to keep it forever. I know it will outlast me and probably the next generation too....




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ALL I am saying on this is those TEC engines always proved themselves to be GUTLESS Wonders up here in the frozen tundra.

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ALL I am saying on this is those TEC engines always proved themselves to be GUTLESS Wonders up here in the frozen tundra.
Just curious what you're referring to, exactly. Low on power? Hard to start/unreliable?

Fortunately for me, I don't live on the tundra. But I don't really have complaints about the Tecumseh blower engines that I've used. Of course, all my blowers (three 4-strokes, two 2-strokes) have been Tec powered, so I may simply not know what I'm missing.

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my 824 has a Tecumseh motor and my 826 has a briggs motor . is it fair to compare them seeing that the briggs motor is probably 20 years older

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