What engine, or engines are you more partial too? I kinda have been stuck on Briggs myself.
I have noticed alot of the different engine manufacturers have kinda skimped on the newer engines these days. I do have one honda to though, and your right that thing is great.For walk behind mowers, I was always partial to the Tecumseh engines. They used a pressurized oil system instead of splash lube and were much more forgiving when they got low on oil. They tended to leak oil though, but the leaks were easily repaired and wouldn't leak again after I got done with them.
For lawn tractors, I used to be a Briggs fan and still love the older (pre 2002ish) Briggs, but the newer ones aren't anywhere near the quality of the old. We've been replacing heads and head gaskets like crazy on them in the shop here, so much so that I can grab all the tools I'll need before I even get the unit through the shop door. Kohler has always been a great unit for us as well, with very few issues. I haven't filed a Kohler warranty in several years here at the shop and they are on virtually all the ride on equipment we sell. Not much experience with Kawasaki but they seem pretty decent too. Honda's we don't deal with much, but my two that I've owned have been bulletproof.
For snowblowers, Tecumseh all the way. The last couple years weren't quite there quality wise, but I'll put any Tecumseh against any Briggs or LCT or Lauson or Honda any day. They just lug like crazy when you get them in deep snow like no other engine. They sound mean when you are hogging through 24" of snow but I've never choked one off no matter how hard I've tried.
That's about par,for that engine .https://www.smallenginesuppliers.com/shop/agora.cgi/04353
Just bought this to have a spare in case I need it for next mowing season. Is this a good price for it? $532.76 thats with shipping.
That's about par,for that engine .
I've seen 'em higher,so you did ok .