The specifications of Briggs & Stratton small engines, such as engine size, torque, and valve clearance, are comparable to those of other manufacturers, including Honda, Kohler, and Tecumseh. Briggs & Stratton provides particular specifications such as oil/gas ratios with each individual engine.
Consumers should consider three broad categories of specifications when choosing a small engine: basic mechanical specifications, engine size and engine torque. These specifications vary between different engine models. Small Engines.com lists the torque values of Briggs & Stratton, Kohler, and Tecumseh engines according to flywheel nut, cylinder head and bolt, and connecting rod. Briggs & Stratton has slightly higher torque values than Tecumseh; its torque values are a bit lower than those of Kohler.
Small Engine Suppliers provides a chart for comparing and contrasting different small engine models, including Honda, Briggs & Stratton, Tecumseh, Kohler and Onan. This chart includes the engine dimensions, start type and application. SES also offers a chart that compares vertical shaft air-cooled small engines for lawn mowers and riding mowers. This design cools efficiently and allows a mower deck to be belt-driven. The smallest Briggs & Stratton engine on the SES chart was 3.5 horsepower; Honda offers a smaller 2.5 horsepower model. Like most of the other manufacturers on the list, Briggs & Stratton designs most of its small engines with a recoil starter. A handful of models offer an electric/recoil ignition.