I have seen all the posts about the CC mowers at the BOX stores being cheap. What about the higher-end models, such as the 98 H with the 190cc Honda engine? I can get a 2010 model for $379... seems hard to beat if it's a good mower.
I always thought the Cub mowers were cheap, I also like the B&S vs the cheap Honda. The B&S engine is a much tougher engine with no carb probles as the Honda engine.