I have exchanged my gas lawnmower of 3 years, under the subsidized purchase price for the neuton, in the scope of LA Basin AQMD program, earlier in 2007. Since then I am cursing the day of this decision. Yes it does not need gas and yes it starts easily and yes it is quieter but none of these qualities compensates for what I lost. We have 3 dogs and they all use the back yard as their toilet. With my gas mower, I could easily mow down the grass with the excrements on it. With this one, I have to do the pooper-scooper patrol prior to lawnmowing, which adds another half hour to my weekly chores.With my gas mower, I could manage the growth by mowing every two weeks. With the neuton, if I don't mow for a week, I pay the price dearly by spending more than twice the time the week after.Grass catcher bin on this thing is very small. It does not have the self propelled motion so you have to push it and it ain't a light beast by any means. If you have to shell out the full price from your own budget, it is VERY EXPENSIVE too. TV commercials show all sorts of attachments to make the life easier but when you go to the web site, you see that, all of those gadgets cost exorbitant amounts of money too, which was conveniently omitted in these commercials.Some people say it is environmentally friendly by not spewing gas but in my opinion, the electric it uses comes from a source of pollution to a ceratin extent and all you are doing is, pusing the pollution upstream, so it is not a selling point, even if you are a bleeding heart, green liberal.So, in short, stay away from this product, unless you have a potage stamp size yard. like smaller than 400 sqft. Anything above, you will hate it.