Yep, many f us have slogged down the same trail, checking out alternatives. Also, the (smaller displacement) Kohler has a shipping weight of 151 lbs, vs the 101 lbs for the B&S 810. Now, much of that will be stripped off, but not all of it. Unless the Kohler box is very heavy, there's quite a weight difference.I've been a little skeptical of using this series engine, and have been exploring Kohler Command 747cc engines, and have found a spec I like. So I started checking prices...the Briggs 49 Series is a SCREAMING deal. A roughly equal CH750 is TWICE as expensive, and that actually gets you less displacement and a cast iron crank. And it looks like performance parts for the Briggs are more common.