This lawn mower does everything it promises. The 28” deck eats up lawn almost too fast. The 228cc engine is biggest in its class and does not bog down even in tall wet grass. It will go wherever you tell it to and will cut whatever you put in front of it. It takes up 75% less space than a rider plus you get manly satisfaction of actually appearing to push the thing around. I am totally satisfied with this mower in all categories. An unexpected perk is the 2 – 14” blades mulch very well so there is no need to ever bag or side discharge and because you are dealing with smaller blades they don’t suck up every stick and rock in the lawn and turn it into a projectile for your kids to dodge. I can’t wait until next weekend.
Overall, plenty of power but poorly designed. Only option is to use the mypace with no option to manually push or pull. Not able to back the mower up because the black debris flap gets sucked into the blade. The deck is slanted while the associated parts are straight - not sure who thought this was a good idea. The front end has about a foot with no cutting ability which makes it awkward when moving around my yard. I did not like this mower and returned it after one mow.
Mower started on the first pull, nice and smooth.
Seems like it would be hard to manuver but it is pretty easy to control. My grass was pretty high and it ate it up no problem, excellent cut. I went from a 22" husqvarna to this and it saved me 40 minutes and improved the quality of the cut. Seems like I made a great purchase!
I have had this mower for about a month now and I'm very happy. I was looking for a new mower because my lawn grows very fast and thick and my current mower would stall constantly trying to get through it. It would take about 80 minutes to mow 1/3 acre. I tried a riding mower which saved time but could not get the maneuverability I needed around flower beds, swing sets, etc. and spent most of the time I saved cleaning up those areas with a trimmer.
So with this I saw a wider cut for fewer passes, a large engine with nearly twice the torque of my current mower, but a high price tag. My wife was reluctant to spend nearly riding mower money on a walk-behind, so it took some convincing. But here's what I got:
Speed: First cut in deep grass was done in 50 minutes, so I saved a half hour.
Strength: Yes, it cuts through the deep stuff without hesitation.
Maneuverability: I can get just about anyplace I need to. It handles very well and even takes up about the same footprint in my garage as my old one. The only downside is that the wheel base is pretty far out in the front, so you can't really get close on inside corners of the house and will need to use your trimmer. But compared to a riding mower - way, way better.
Things to consider: At first I was not happy with how my lawn looked even though it did cut through the deep grass. This was a little frustrating because even though it could handle it, what I was finding was that it was missing patches (only where the deep grass is - my front yard grows slower and it looked perfect). It was also leaving a thin mohawk-looking strip of grass right down the middle where the blades meet. I switched from mulch to side-discharge for the faster growing back yard and that problem is gone. If you think about mulching deep grass you need to consider the reduced air-flow because of all the grass inside the deck. By side-discharging, it spits out the grass and does a much cleaner job of cutting. Now I'm cutting very tall grass very quickly AND cleanly.
Another reviewer commented on the initial **** of the self-propel. It's a powerful engine and it will lurch forward - another thing that will lead to missing patches of grass. You'll need to get used to how to start the propulsion without popping a wheelie.
My wife asked if I could remove the striper kit before we even bought it. She changed her mind after she saw how nice it looked. It's also so easy to start and push that I think she will be able to handle the mowing as well if she wanted to.
Very happy with the mower, the time it saves and how much less effort I'm putting into it. Would have been nice if it came with the bagger, so I'll have to budget for that at some point.
I absolutely love this mower! It starts first time, every time! After I mow, the grass actually looks like a meticulous landscaper cut it. It takes some strength to maneuver but not too bad (I am a 68 year old male). Make sure the oil is clean and up to specified level (don't overfill). Has never bogged down in the two years I have owned it. The self propelled feature is far superior than any mower I have used in the past. After reading reviews of the Toro timesaver and the Cub Cadet models, I'm convinced that this mower is superior!!!
I actually love mowing the lawn now!!
Easy to start. Easy to push. Cuts like a champ.
I had the mower for 2 months and it has been out in the shop for 3 weeks. this item is cheaply made for the price. I have brought the 3 times to sears and had to pay for a $200 dollar repair out of pocket, today I drop it off at their service department and now I have to take legal steps to get my money back. pleace do not make the same mistake I made, buy a 300 dollar mower save your self the aggravation with this item