Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: SE Pa.
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The serial# of the B&S engine tells me it's a fairly old engine (in general Briggs used the serial# system until 1965, though I've seen discrepancies, then switched to the "Code" # system).
So the age and possible hours accumulated may have a bearing in your decision, parts for Briggs engines even that old are still available (I bought a ring and gasket/seal set for a 1968 B&S 3.5hp push mower engine last year at a local mower shop though he had to order them).
I'm not familiar with Honda's serial number system but If that engine is much newer it may be a better deal. Hondas are generally regarded as better built engines. That said my 1978 tractor pictured in my avatar still has its original 8hp B&S and still runs fine (has a some cold start smoke puff though) and the only repair was I yanked the points in the 1990's and put in a Magnetron retrofit kit .
Seems from what I've read over time is the L-head (aka flathead) engines ran forever where it seems the OHV models by some brands can be more problematic. we'll see how long the B&S Professional in my new Snapper HI-Vac holds up long term.
1978 Dynamark 832, 1988 Wheel Horse 252-H, 2016 Cub Cadet XT2 LX42KH, 1961-ish Moto Mower 61-190 18" push mower, Early Snapper V21, 1978 Snapper V212PS
1989 Sensation 56076L, 2016 Lawn Boy AWD.