Tecumseh and Briggs & Stratton engines
I have a few questions about engines by both companies:
1) Are Tecumseh L-Head engines really a risky engine to own because of the potential for rods blowing? Just keep your oil up full and you're supposed to be fine? Is it really that easy? How about Briggs & Stratton L-heads?
2) What about the newer Tecumseh L-Heads compared to the "older" ones, perhaps 5 years old, or maybe 10 years, 15 years? Any comments about quality issues with various year models of these engines?
3) The OHV engines seem to be the future, right? So how long are L-Heads going to be made, and is that in itself a problem?
4) How reliable are the Tecumseh and Briggs & Stratton OHV engines going to be since they both utilize plastic timing gears? Is this really an issue? I'd hate to buy a new snow blower and run into trouble down the road. What a waste of money if the plastic parts are an issue, you know?
5) Speaking of OHV engines, is Tecumseh better, or Briggs & Stratton? I've read that The B & S Power Built engines have no throttles but run quieter than their Intek counterparts, but then I've read that Intek engines have plastic timing gears. Do the Power Built engines also have any plastic parts?
6) Are Tecumseh OHV engines noisier than the B & S OHV engines? Also, are there any mechanical issues with the Tecumseh engines?
I know this is a lot of questioning, but I need to learn all this stuff before I buy a blower. I keep thinking that if OHV engines are the future that maybe I shouldn't worry about plastic gears and whose engines are quieter, or whatever. At my school custodial job, I've used both Ariens and Husqvarna blowers, but I don't own these machines, so I don't worry about any of this stuff, but to own my own, well......
Thanks for helping on these questions. It's much appreciated.