Grant: Yes, I have had a Kawasaki LX277 for over 10 years and have been doing maintenance (spring-fall mower-snowthrower change over) on an earlier one for 5 years. Not a hint of engine problem on either. This winter I added another Kawasaki LX277 and the afore mentioned LX266 Kohler to those I'll end up doing maintenance and seasonal change over - at least for a while. One trick I've learned for the Kawasaki's that have to set in an unheated shed and be expected to start at zero or below, is to use JB weld to close off the about 1/4" diameter hole in the carburetor's choke plate. That sure cuts down on the amount of cold cranking required. Also the engine de-icing kit (AM135317, $67) helps some with keeping the carburetor from icing up on those that aren't parked in a warm garage.