I purchased this mower a little over a year ago and have gotten a lot of good use from it. I've let others borrow it and no one has complained. This is a powerful mower that cuts the toughest grass/weeds and it very precise. Performance Works great! Glides across the lawn and it's as heavy as other mowers. Gives my lawn a nice low cut so that I don't have to cut it more than once every other week. Handling Handles good too. I can make sharp turns to get into corners and tighter areas of my lawn easily. Durability So far no complaints! I've had my Craftsman Premium mower for a little over a year now, and it is hands down the best mower I have ever owned. As I mentioned before, I have loaned it out to others and the mower has withstood all types of grass and weeds. Safety As long as you use general lawn mower safety precautions (i.e. not putting your hand near the blade while the mower is on) you should be fine. Again, no complaints here. Ease of Use I'm not a very handy person by nature. However, I was able to figure out how to use the mower without any issues. Engine Power Very powerful engine! Really gets the job done. My lawn was difficult to manage when I first moved to my house. I truly believe this Craftsman mower and a little hard work turned my lawn around! Definitely a lawn mower I would recommend.