Bill raises a great point. Diesel has the cool factor, as well as fuel consumption and torque benefits, but gas is user friendly.Welcome to GTT. I'm sure you will get some diverse opinions on your question. Personally I don't know much about diesel's so I would tend to go with the B&S for the sole reason that I do know how to work on them.
That's interesting? Wasn't the first large frame a 12 horse model? I would have thought a 13 horse diesel would be enough?Welcome to the club. I am guessing you mean a HT20
The diesel will not be enough power to run the tractor with a attachment.
The 1250 can do more then you think. Pull yours out of the weeds and try tilling plowing with it......I have a 1250 and to tell the truth, it's marginal when it comes to power. It does do a great job with a Haban Sickle-Mo, but those take very little power to run. I'm thinking that with a tiller or plow behind it, it would really struggle.
The LFs really didn't come into their own until the 1886, so I'm thinking that even with the increased torque of the diesel, 13 HP is going to be marginal.
I'd recommend the 18 horse Briggs over the 13 horse diesel.
The last time I looked, it wasn't in the weeds. To the contrary, it had just knocked down a bunch of weedsPull yours out of the weeds and try tilling plowing with it......
The diesel is an L2E but I have a lead on a L3E. I think the 13 HP may be small in the cold weather. Thanks for all the feedback.I have a bolens H20 with no engine. I have a 13 HP diesel, liquid cooled, and 18 HP B&S Or ? . What do you think should power this hydrodrive tractor? Right now I only have a snowblower but may add other stuff later. Will post a picture soon.