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Will be purchasing a new 16 hp. Broadmoor with 44" deck in a couple of weeks. Is the twin cyl. Briggs worth the price difference over the single cylinder Kohler? My dealer says they are both reliable, long-lasting engines. I have a JD 140 with a 14 hp. Kohler that I've mowed with since '74. How long can I expect this Broadmoor to last? Tell me what you think. Thanks.

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I have the 16 hp Broadmoor with the Vanguard V-twin. I have found it to be a very smooth, powerfull motor. It seems to power through anything I throw at it with ease. This motor is much smoother and more refined than the 13 hp single cyl. Honda I looked at before I bought the Broadmoor. I was expecting the Honda to be smooth and the Briggs to be rough but it was just the opposite. I don't have any hands-on experience with the new Kohler. A side note, many of the riding mowers at Home Depot and Wall Mart come with the Kohler. You don't see the Vanguard twin there. It seems like the Vanguard twins come on the "premimum" products like the Simplicity and the Kohler comes on the more price conscious products. I have also noted that the Vanguard 16hp twin is used on some base model commercial trailer mounted pressure washers. I have not seen the small Kohlers on commercial washers. Some higher end commercial washers go to the Onan or Kohler at the 25 hp point. After all this rambling all I can say is I think the smoother motor is worth the extra money. I also suspect the Briggs will have better torque at the lower engine speeds being a twin. I'm sure they will both be reliable, long-lasting motors. When I was looking at the Kohler, the service tech at the dealer told me the Kohlers do need to have the carbon removed from the combustion chamber more frequently than the Briggs. This may be a consideration for future maintance costs. The Broadmoor is a great mower. You will be happy either way you go. Enjoy it!

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I have a MAX II 6 wheel amphibian with the 16hp B&S. after four years and many, many hours, it still purrs like fat cat, burns no oil, and starts instantly in any weather. It is on its second set of plugs, no other maintenance except filters (air,oil and fuel). Jack

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I would say if you have thick plush grass, using the mulcher or considering a snow thrower than the twin's extra dollars and torque would be well justified for the extra load.

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First I vote for the new Briggs, else, I'd vote for the older (Magnatron) Briggs. Second I vote for a modern twin over a modern single. Third I vote to shoot a hole in the Kholer and use it for a boat anchor. Most Humbly Stan Whoa! Where'd Name & Email go ??? StanSomers n1nni@tds.net

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