I do not mind a bit of hard work at all. This mower definitely requires a bit more arm grease than motor powered mowers, but this one really is perfect for a tiny yard. My first home was very small and the yard was nearly nonexistent. It made no sense to purchase a gas powered mower, when this one was exponentially cheaper and would cost me nothing to power it. It worked incredibly well. Just push and go. This mower will mow your yard for your without any gas or motor, but you have to be willing to work for it. If you have a lot of growth, it will be hard to use. However, if you keep up with your mowing, it is wonderful! It usually only took me about a half hour to do my whole yard (like I said, it was VERY small) and I always got a nice workout from doing it. I saved myself a lot of money in gas and upkeep from purchasing this little push mower. It still works, but I gave it to my mother. She uses it for a little yard at her apartment and it works just as wonderfully as the day I purchased it! Engine Power It has no engine, so you do not have to worry about engine upkeep or about it breaking down or running out of gas.