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whats with the motors being junk

Discussion in 'DownEaster' started by go plow, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    i have a downeaster and im on my 3rd briggs motor, the first two were 10hp last feb i installed thier new 10hp, last week one of the magnets on the flywheel let go and made a hole in the block, it only had about 5 hours on it..now they say that it got replaced with a 13hp motor? i also posted the whole story in the repair forum...
  2. Bruce'sEx

    Bruce'sEx Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    Personally we steer away from briggs engines. We op for the Honda. Don't have a downeaster V, have a fisher V and went with honda, same with the previous henderson V went with Honda. Never had a problem
  3. bow2no1

    bow2no1 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    mine has a 10.5 briggs runs great. it's been used and abused with no problems
  4. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    The only problems that I've had from my motors has been salt related... except for one small part that failed, but Coastal Metal Fab had me out in 10 minutes after replacing the problem. 4 years of heavy use on one spreader and a year on the second.
  5. camconcrete

    camconcrete Senior Member
    Messages: 199

    Briggs are good motors, they can just be contrary. All our concrete equipment have hondas on them, but my log splitter and and dad's generator have briggs on them, and as long as you keep up with them, they run just fine. they just can't take the abuse a honda can
  6. westernbud

    westernbud Junior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 8

    I have a 1998 stainless downeaster with briggs 8hp havent had one problem with unit.knock on wood ,but i think i know about something some guys forget about. Its called preventive maintainance.Most people let it ride then blame the machine when it fails.
  7. bow2no1

    bow2no1 Senior Member
    Messages: 338

    100% true!
    when was the last time you have ever seen any one change the oil in one?
    even if the engine isn't used oil should be changed once a year. it breaks down and does not lubricate as it should.

    i bought my sander used from the town, used and abused, i cut out all the rust and welded in new metal. and repainted it top to bottom. looks like a new machine now.
    same with the plow. if you take care of what you use it will last a long time and save you money in the long run
  8. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  9. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    well thats not the case here, my tools get lube/tuned all the time. my norm is 100hrs on my mowers and twice a year on the sander. besides, even if it was a mis-used tool/equipment it should last longer then five hours? oh, all you guys with the old 10hp, briggs doesnt make them anymore... I WONDER WHY?