"You get what you pay for"?
A couple of years ago I bought a Lawnboy mower for $750. I probably only used it a dozen times since I'm not really big on yardwork. After 2 hours of tinkering, I still couldn't get the thing to start up. Finally, completely frustrated, I decided to try my old mower that I inheirited from my dad. It's 26 years old with a Biggs & Stratton engine. Never been "tuned up". Original spark plug. Gas in it is at least 5 years old.
It started on the first pull.