Originally Posted by oldgoat
I would probably go with the Honda. I've never had a Honda but have heard good things about them. I've never been a fan of Tec engines though. Also the Honda has ball bearing rear wheels. Actually I was out looking tonight for another mower. I saw a Cub Cadet at Home Depot and they have a 3 year warranty and bearing wheels also, but it was also only a 19 in deck. Also I wanted one with the large rear wheels. Lowe's has a Toro with a Honda engine on them also. For me I will probably stay with a B&S since they have been bulletproof for me.
I have a Honda walk behind and it starts almost everytime after the first pull, with no priming needed. My neighbors have toros and they have a harder time. Having a piece of equipment with a Honda engine is great, but you must also examine the other parts also, to make sure they are of high quality/reliability.
I had to repair my mower right from the box when a retaining ring came loose and my front caster wheels would not lock. Design could have been better, although I paid over $500 for the mower. Also with Honda, some parts do not come standard. For example, I had to buy a chute attachment for $35 when I don't want to bag or mulch.
That's surprising. I would rank the engines as below:
Briggs and Stratton (high end)
Tecumseh (snow king)
I surely would never buy a Cub Cadet. Many reliability problems, though they have a 3 year warranty. I would buy a john deere or an Ariens, and the John Deere would be from a local distributor, not Home Depot. High end Snappers get good reviews too.