I thought about it, but ultimately decided against it. The Harbor Freight vertical shaft motors are GXV160 clones essentially (but 173cc) and only come with 7/8" shafts. My original Briggs was 25mm so I'd have needed to adapt the thinner shaft to my original blade mount and self propel drive pulley with a sleeve and step key (a pain if you ever lose or shear the key, since you won't be able to just go get a replacement at a hardware store) or get a new blade mount and pulley that were the right size. also I wanted more power to handle those times the back yard gets overgrown while I'm away traveling. Those little clone motors while probably better than my outgoing Briggs wouldn't have had a surplus of torque for pushing itself through 10" tall grass and mulching it down to 4". Also they have cast aluminum bores, which is what lead to the death of my Briggs. I started looking at commercial spec motors and decided on a Honda GSV190 for the power, ball bearing and steel cylinder liner construction. Small Engine Warehouse had this model discounted quite a bit because Honda seems to have discontinued the commercial spec 190 with 25mm shafts (still can get a GSV190 with a 7/8 shaft though they're not cheap). Anyways it was a direct fit, a much better motor than the old one (or a HF Predator motor), and not too much more than a HF motor (once you figure in the cost to adapt it or get a new blade mount and pulley).