Uh oh, this got me thinking so I had to look and it turns out I have a push mower with one of these Honda engines on it. A vertical shaft engine, overhead valves and a diagonal seam in the block where it bolts together, it sounds to me like the same thing you’re working on SMITTY.
I will say that I have had this thing for about five years and it has been very dependable and almost always starts on one pull.
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SMITTY, it looks like everything you bitch about Honda touts as a selling feature.
I have a push mower and a small rider with L-Head B&S engines on them and even though they are considered old technology today I believe those simple Briggs & Stratton engines were an excellent value. Every one I ever got rid of was because the mower deck fell apart but the engine ran fine. My dad would save the old motors for parts or just in case but I figure I have enough junk laying around so I just give the old mower to a local scrap collector and tell him the engine still works if he knows anyone who would want it. The worst thing B&S did was to remove the choke and go to the primer but once you figure out how many pumps it REALLY takes they will start on one pull.
A year or two ago I saw a push mower; I think it was a Husquevarna with a Kohler engine. It did not take long until I saw the “made in China” label on the Kohler engine. It also said something like designed in USA or engineered in USA and made in China to Kohler’s standards or something like that. They know most people hat seeing the “made in China” so they try to make us feel good about it with the engineered in USA bullshit but they know that they will sell more units this way than by charging an extra hundred bucks and having a “made with pride in the USA” label. All of the big companies that made a name for themselves for high quality but “pricey” products have sold out and are cashing in on their name recognition to sell junk to the masses. Honda, Kohler, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Red Wing just to name a few and I’m sure the list goes on.
Welcome to the USA today.