Originally Posted by BraeHaus
Reel mowers are where it's at...
I used to work at a John Deere sales shop as a mechanic and the worst mower to work on is the older craftsman mowers...
Briggs and Stratton are cheap motors, built with cheap parts and don't last as long as they used to... I remember when Briggs was the brand to buy... now... i'd avoid any briggs motor.
Kawasaki makes a great motor, as well as Kohler and Honda... they are solid engines that really take a good beating and still run at top shape...
I'd look into a Honda mower, or one with a Kawasaki or Kohler engine... look for less plastic and more metal.
I dropped $500 on a 8 hp Honda self propelled. The one with the casters out front for easier turning. 2 Days after the 3 year warranty was out the transmission locked up. It will freewheel when pushed forward and lock the back wheels when pulling it back.
It's made with a cheap aluminum x-mission but, it'll still cost $300 to replace.
Not everything Honda is worth the money. Now I have a John Deere and it can't keep the friggin' belt aligned nor can it get a decent prime with the chep bulb system they have on it.
When I have to do it again, I'll go with the commercial Toro with the iron/steel x-mission's. Heavy bastards but little maintenance.
There is nothing worse than a self-propelled mower that doesn;t self-propell.