We purchased this mower as sort of a training tool for our son. We didn't want to let hi use the gas push mower because we didn't quite trust him with it yet, but he was eager to learn how to mow. We have a very small back yard so it worked great for that area. It cuts well and he was able to maneuver it fine. It is always a plus to not have to have any gas on hand for him to be able to mow the back yard. Performance This mower actually cuts well. I was surprised by how well the yard looked afterward. Handling It takes some muscle to push it, but it is great exercise and is better for the environment. It is also a little difficult to turn around and doesn't quite fit in some tight areas, but overall it handles well. Safety This was one of our main reasons for purchasing this mower. It is safe enough for a 10 year old to use and is great for teaching them the basics of mowing a lawn. Engine Power You are the engine! It is much better for the environment than a gas powered mower that has an engine.