We have 3 Snappers push mowers in the family - 2 older styles (both on their second engines) with Briggs & Stratton 675 series engines. They both originally had B&S "Big 6" 6 HP motors (and both of those engines lasted a good time). The newest Snapper we own is a Commercial model with the Honda GXV160. Mind you, I'm definitely not the strongest kid on the block (tall and thin 13 year old) and I can manage the Snapper just fine (of course, self propelled helps out a bunch, but still). Now, the two mowers with the Briggs engines tend to start just as good or better than the Honda. There is a lot less variability between the number of pulls it takes to start the Briggs normally compared to the Honda (ex. Briggs is normally 1-3 whereas the Honda can range from 1-10 or even more if it hasn't been run in a while). I don't have any problems with my Honda when mulching. I have noticed though that my Honda backfires most every time I shut it down even when I idle it for a while before letting off the bail bar. I'd go with the Honda in this case, though, because if it's not a 675 Briggs, I can't recommend it. Also, you're making a good decision by going with Snapper. They are the best mowers on the market right now in my opinion. BTW has anyone noticed that Snapper finally got rid of the original RER rider and replaced it with a cheaper quality (and dumber looking) new design?