I went all out a few years ago and purchased this machine for three grand at Home Depot. It is a good machine with a great cut. It is fast and you don't have to do any back tracking. Has a huge cut and really saves time from a traditional mower. But, it wasn't long before the front tires began to go flat on a regular basis. Pretty soon, they were no good at all and had to be replaced. It is a faulty design that resulted in my tires rubbing metal and wearing out. Not too long after that my deck belt broke and once again I learn that this is a common problem with this type of mower. Another thing I really don't like about this mower is that there is no gas gauge. So many times I have ran out of gas on the other side of the yard and had to walk all the way back to the garage to get the can. It's so aggervating. I think the newer models may have a gas gauge now. But, be sure to check before you buy. Other than the above drawbacks, I love the mower. It's easy to use, handles well, comfortable, and does a good cut.