Can't tell ya much as I have never run that brand of mower. If it runs solid and doesn't need anything it's probably a good buy as a starting mower at that price. Just check everything over, spindles and such. I have had marginal luck with B&S engines at best, but I can't judge all of them by my experience. If you can get him to knock a hundred or so off I think it'd be a good start for you.