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    I am buying a new JD lawn tractor and am having a hard time deciding between the x330 or the x350.Basically its the engine. Do I go with the Briggs 20hp or the Kawasaki 18.5? Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigstubby View Post
    I am buying a new JD lawn tractor and am having a hard time deciding between the x330 or the x350.Basically its the engine. Do I go with the Briggs 20hp or the Kawasaki 18.5? Thanks
    Kawasaki!!!!!!!

    The reliability and service life of the Kawasaki engines are far superior to the Briggs.
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    is there a big difference in power?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Kawasaki!!!!!!!

    The reliability and service life of the Kawasaki engines are far superior to the Briggs.
    What he said ☝️
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigstubby View Post
    is there a big difference in power?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigstubby View Post
    I am buying a new JD lawn tractor and am having a hard time deciding between the x330 or the x350.Basically its the engine. Do I go with the Briggs 20hp or the Kawasaki 18.5? Thanks
    I have a 2016 X350 and it has more power than the K46 transaxle and turf tires can handle. Any more would be wasted (or reduce lifespan if you don't lose traction!) Another vote for the Kawasaki V-Twin.
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    Kawasaki V-Twin.

    I won't buy anything that has a Briggs engine. Heard to many horror stories.
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    Actually you should get an x758....

    Sorry someone had to say it.

    In all seriousness the Kawasaki engine is worth the money. You will never notice any loss of power but you will notice a smoother running and more durable engine. The Kawasaki v-twin is a commercial duty engine rated for continuous use. The Briggs is more of a residential duty engine. If you plan on keeping this tractor get the Kawasaki.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigstubby View Post
    I am buying a new JD lawn tractor and am having a hard time deciding between the x330 or the x350.Basically its the engine. Do I go with the Briggs 20hp or the Kawasaki 18.5? Thanks
    I give Briggs a lot of credit for developing a more stalwart engine in the Cyclonic engine series. They are paying attention. A pressurized lubrication system with a spin on oil filter, a easy to use oil drain hose system to make changes easy and mess free. An air filter system to really prevent dirt from getting into the engines. Instead of being the "low cost alternative" which Briggs had come to be known as, they are producing a serious engine which will last and should be an engine which Briggs can use to rebuild their market presence.

    Many years ago, Briggs was the Gold Standard. Then Kawasaki took over and has produced a near perfect engine. Hopefully, the Briggs Cyclonic engine is a sign they are back.

    If I didn't have a choice but to take the "John Deere Cyclonic Engine" in a new machine, I would feel much better about this engine than many of the other Briggs products. Given a choice, I would take the Kawasaki simply because they have become the "Honda Engine" of the lawn mower category. Excellent reliability, very dependable. Kawasaki engines routinely last into the thousands of hours if they are properly maintained and not abused.

    I hope Briggs focuses on being the high quality alternative to the Kawasaki and not just the low cost option on entry level mowers.

    The John Deere Cyclonic engine is a huge step in the right direction that Briggs is serious about building a quality small gas engine alternative. I am very encouraged by what I see...........

    If the Cyclonic John Deere engine was your only choice, I would say its a good one. Given the option of the Kawasaki, I would still lean towards the Kawasaki. But if Briggs continues down this recent road, they are soon going to be an equal to Kawasaki once again.
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    Now that Tecumseh is gone Lets Pick on Briggs. When I was a Kid in the 1960 & 70's Tecumseh was the engine You wanted to stay away from In a Garden or Lawn Tractor. Briggs was considered One of the Good Brands. I have Got a 20 Year old Briggs In My JD Sabre 1542H & I have another 20 year old Briggs In My White GT2055 and another Briggs In My 26 year old Ingersoll 3016PS & finally a 50 year old + Briggs In a Simplicity Wonder-Boy That said I have never Had a Problem with either Kawasaki or Briggs.

    X330 & X350 same tractor different engine either will be fine. As long as You have a flat to rolling Hill Yard and Not any steep hills. Because if You have steep Hills it won't Matter the engine Brand Because the K46 will give Up the Ghost before You have any engine Issues with either engine
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