Professional Series™ (V-Twin)

18.00-25.00 Gross Horsepower

World-class performance – time after time. With commercial-grade power, easy starting and quiet operation, the Professional Series riding mower engine delivers great results for your toughest jobs. And it keeps delivering, because these Briggs & Stratton mower engines are built to last with our exclusive Advanced Debris Management System, chrome-plated exhaust valves and other durable features.

  • Full Pressure Lube System

    Cooler operation and longer life.

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  • Briggs & Stratton OHV Engine Design
    Overhead Valve (OHV) Engine Design

    OHV engines run cooler and cleaner for better fuel economy and longer engine life.

  • Tool-less Air Cleaner Cover

    Easy access for filter changes

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HP** (gross) 18.00
Engine Displacement (cc) 656
Number of Cylinders V-Twin
Engine Configuration Vertical Shaft
Engine Technology OHV
Length (in) 19.1
Width (in) 18.2
Height (in) 14.3
Weight (lbs) 84
Bore (in) 2.97
Stroke (in) 2.89
Engine Fuel Gasoline
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons) N/A
Lubrication System Full Pressure Lubrication
Oil Capacity (oz) 64
Oil Filter Premium
Starter Electric Start
Air Filter Dual Element Cartridge with Advanced Debris Management
Muffler No
Fuel Shutoff Valve Optional
Certified Power Rating

*All power levels are stated gross horsepower at 3600 rpm per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton.

*All power levels are stated gross torque at 2600 rpm per SAE J1940 as rated by Briggs & Stratton.

Professional Series™ (V-Twin) is rated 3.1818 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from this engine has design problems Have approx. 400 hrs of well serviced use on this engine. At this point had to replace an entire head due to valve guide pushing out and causing push rods to bend (2 sets). Techs at Briggs and Stratton tried to help but who would have thought that the guides pushed out of the head. Thought it was a freak thing but 20 hrs. later the other head did the same thing. Last one of these engines I will buy.
Date published: 2012-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purchased in 1999 I have had this engine in my Yard Man for 12 years. It has been a great engine I use it on my 5 acres and it has never let me down. My land is not flat but very rugged. I have replaced many blades and belts and have only out of pocket on the engine has been maintance oil changes spark plugs ect. Great Engine.
Date published: 2011-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good engine initially, but after two or three years it has issues. I like the engine in my riding mower. However, all at once I lost power and the thing would either go wide open (full throttle) or barely idle.Had to take it to a small engine shop and learned that this type engine has a history of issues with the governor breaking due to poor materials. While the parts are cheap to buy, the engine has to be pulled and dismantled in order to repair it. The whole issue costs a few hundred dollars and the issue occurrs even though the machine has been well serviced. I would gladly recommend this engine without any reservations if it wasn't for the cheap governor which could easily lead to a blown and completely ruined engine.
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bent Push Rods Mower is about 10 years old with 20hp motor. Engine was running rough and not I determined it was not running on both cylinders. Pulled valve covers and found both intake and exhaust push rods bent on one cyl. Doing a web search I see this is a common issue typically caused by moving exhaust guides. Looks like I need new heads to fix. Anyone know if the design flaw has been fixed on the new service heads?
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional series 30 HP I've had the Sears Simplicity Prestige clone (PGT9500) for 6 months now. the engine is reliable, and fault-free. I have only put 20 hours on it so far, but they have been hard-working hours, with a johnny bucket, digging, plowing, and mowing. I'm impressed with the power of this engine, and the quietness of it as well. Very well done!
Date published: 2011-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2 Yrs without a problem bought this mower with this 24hp engine two years ago. Bought the light weight front end loader accessory as well. Works really well. Lots of power, engine runs great. Need to find a cheaper source for filters. No way a fuel filter should be $10 Sears wants. Air and oil filters too expensive. This is just a matter of finding the right source.
Date published: 2011-10-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 28 Hp Briggs & Stratton 2 cylinder Garden Tractor Engine I have had this engine in my Sears Professional Series Garden Tractor since new 2009. I have had to have the heads replaced 2 times due to the valve guide failure. It now has the same problem and of course the warrantly is out. I only use it for mowing at my home. What a piece of junk! I have owned many Briggs & Stratton engines in the past, probably won't buy another. I can see why Honda is eating up the market.
Date published: 2012-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gas line cracking to close to engine Gas line correction: My 21 hp engine would not start only if I put gas in the carb. Could not find the problem. I took the gas line out from the filter to the carb. Found the gas line was to close to the hot engine causeing it to crack.. Correction--Ran the gas line on the ouside of the engine about 2 inches from engine made of copper line connecting it with rubber hose to filter and carb. The fuel pump does not have the pull power to pull gas into the carb. with any cracks in the rubber gas line. Love this engine works great lots of power.
Date published: 2011-11-02
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