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Jerry Nuss - Illinois MAX dealer
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Username: Jerrynuss

Post Number: 675
Registered: 02-2005

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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 10:05 pm:   

They are all very good. I like higher horsepower and high torque. I have a 16hp in a Max II, I just sold an 18hp in a Max II, and I have a 23hp Kohler in a Max II. I can not tell the difference in the 16hp and 18hp in a Max II. There is a noticeable difference with the 23hp Kohler.

The Kohler is electric start only, this could be a drawback for some people. The Briggs and Stratton are easily modified to get a lot more horsepower and torque.

I don't know if there is a difference in the engines based on who installs them in their machine. Every Argo I have seen uses the same engines as in the Max. The 18hp is about as low as I would want to go in an Argo. I have driven the 16hp and 18hp Argo and I can tell a difference in them where I can't tell a difference in the Max.

If I were to buy a Max for play and trail riding, I'd get the 16hp, then modify after the warranty is up. If I were pushing a plow or running tracks, I'd get the 23hp Kohler. If the price is not much difference I'd get the biggest engine I could afford.