I have that same mower, purchased mine around 2010. It was the only machine I could find with the Honda engine that doesn't have the self propel stuff the break.
It's a beast, starts first pull almost every time. When I bought it I had a smaller yard to mow, now it's been relegated to brush,real-thick stuff, or uneven terrain duty that I can't run my rider through. I rigged the throttle up to give me some extra RPM when I need it. I'd been used and abused and still works perfect.
Edit: I have had one issue, the auto choke lever tends to get stuck in the on position sometimes. Easily remedied by manipulating it by hand. Not sure if the new machines have the same style, I seem to remember them changing the choke a few years after I bought mine.