This is the worst mower I have ever used. After a year the drive belt broke. Two months later the drive system stopped working and I had to fool with the cables to get it running again. And every two months I encounter the same problem. Now it takes 8-10 pulls to start. Also, on my old TORO, which lasted 25 years, I could stop the blade to empty the bag while the motor was running. With this dog every time I stop to empty the bag, the motor stops and I have to get a hernia to start it again! Buyer Beware! Do not buy any TORO Recycler mowers as they are garbage. I paid over $350 for mine which is three years old and I am ready to junk it!