Dead Intek 18.5HP - Options
My B&S Intek 18.5hp single cylinder (31P777-0299E1) decided to let the sunshine into the crankcase thanks to a broken rod - I bought it second hand with low hours so suspect it may have had low oil or something previously but it is well and truly dead now. I'm new to all this so would appreciate any and all suggestions - am trying to keep costs down. To complicate matters I live in Australia so parts are more expensive than in the US - be good to find a supplier there that would ship to here. Anyway my question(s) are 1. Should I replace with the current model of the same engine (which is now 17.5hp apparently) 2. Should I consider a twin cylinder - an Australian supplier is selling 18hp Vanguard twins - is this an easy swap? 3. HP - how much is enough - will I notice a big difference if say I went to a 15.5HP Intek - only mowing a bit over an acre. 4. Rebuild with a short block (is this a cost effective solution by the time you factor in gaskets etc. Appreciate any suggestions.