I think I have read every thread about these two mowers and I am still having trouble picking one. I need a self-propelled mower for two yards - estimate a 100 hours a year. My preference is to buy a really good mower keep it for many years. I don't have storage space for a rider or a trailer for a larger mower. The Honda has all the bells and whistles but seems complicated and expensive to repair any major problem. Maintenance I will do my self. The Exmark with the Kawasaki seems simple and cheaper to repair if needed. How well can the speed on the Exmark be varied? Can you go slowly around a tree or along a fence? Will the Kawasaki last as long as the Honda? I can get the Honda for $1149 and the Exmark for $1079. The Exmark appeals to me because of simplicity but I can't help but think the Honda is more for the money. Any advice is appreciated. BTW, I got a chance to use a friend's Toro 22197 and I hate the controls and have already eliminated that mower.