I am one of those singing the praises of the North Star with the Honda engine. Until now, I did not know that there was a difference between Honda engines. My North Star has the red engine and I honestly can't believe how well it starts and runs. That splitter can sit in storage for weeks and start in one or two pulls. I also like the way the wedge mounts to the rail on the North Star better than on the Huskee. The wedge on the Huskee rides in a channel which sits on top of both sides of the rail. The wedge on the North star wraps around the top of the rail. I thought that the channel on the Huskee would be a place for debris to collect and possibly interfere with the operation. I also liked the log cradle on the North Star. I should mention that I am in no way affiliated with Northern Tool, Honda or North Star. I am also not an expert and did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.