Sears has this item for $239.88 with in-store pickup Craftsman 190cc* Briggs & Stratton Gold Engine, 22'' Front Drive Self-Propelled EZ Lawn Mower Featuring a 22-in. high-performance deck, the Craftsman 190cc Front Drive Self Propelled Mower offers excellent bagging, mulching or discharging 675 Briggs & Stratton Gold Series 190cc* engine with Smooth Start (20% easier to pull); ReadyStart™** (no priming needed); and M.R.S. Front drive, variable speed propelled drive system lets the mower do the work EZ Bagging Access features a bagger door that stays open for easy bag removal Dust-Blocker Grass Bag helps keep dirt away from user Available in all 50 states 2-year warranty protects your investment Made in USA Features a 190cc Briggs & Stratton Gold Engine w/ smooth start, Front-drive variable speed, Easy bagging access and 2-year warranty.
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While I won't knock Honda, they make great engines, I am amazed at the anti-B&S posts. I have to wonder how many of these people have owned a Briggs engine in the past. My current mower is an MTD with B&S, about 25 years old, rear drive, rear bagger. It starts on the first pull EVERY time. I have done zero repairs on it. Maybe 2 spark plugs, 2 air filters, and I only change the oil every other year (Ohio). My dad had a Briggs that ran 30 years and he never changed the oil, he only kept topping it up. I know that's dumb, but he was set in his ways. I'm sure it would have lasted a lot longer if he'd change the oil. Maybe our family has been lucky but B&S has served us well.
bxd20 said: While I won't knock Honda, they make great engines, I am amazed at the anti-B&S posts. Agreed 100%. Briggs & Stratton engines, at least on lawnmowers, are among the most durable and reliable things I've ever owned (as a geezer with 40+ years experience). The only time I strayed with a Tecumseh engine-powered mower, this became even more apparent. I have nothing against Honda, and I'm sure they make great small engines. But just like with their cars, you have to decide if the associated cost premium is worth it. I suspect sometimes it's a "prestige thing", lol.
bxd20 said: ... It starts on the first pull EVERY time... My 15 year old Honda sure doesn't start on the first pull! A few weeks ago I wore myself out trying to start it and finally asked my neighbor's kid come over and give it a try. He got it to start. I'm going to bring it in for a tune-up or whatever. I'm too old to fight this thing every week.
Great deal, I had a previous version of this mower for a little over 10 years. It had the same base motor less some of the improvements (Smooth Start, ReadyStart, etc). Mower started on the first or second pull every single time despite what I must admit was less than stellar maintenance on my part. Only thing that separated us was the Moore tornado this year. Storage shed and everything else it in went bye bye. Once we get a house built I will be back behind another Craftsman/B&S mower. Wish I had storage space to jump on this one frankly.
Another vote for B&S. In addition to be made in the US by US workers, they are very reliable-I got roughly three decades out of one-it was still running strong when the mower deck rusted out. Also based on my informal survey at Home Depot, common parts like spark plugs, air filters, etc. cost twice as much for Hondas as B&S.
I fix lawnmowers all the time. I get the ones that someone is throwing away or giving away for free. I have yet to find where the issue is a B&S engine, they are bullet proof. I'd go with a B&S engine over anything else out there.
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