We have had this mower for about 3 years. Originally we bought this model because we lived at a home with a very sloped yard. The self-propelled feature is wonderful. It doesn't go too fast and definitely makes the slope manageable. Typically the mower starts on the first pull with a few exceptions. The price seemed fair relative to comparable models. Overall it's been a good mower and has run well with only standard maintenance. However, the one issue that can be hassle is that grass frequently clogs the chute to the bagger. My husband will literally have to stop every other pass to clear the chute. This wasn't a problem at our first home but the grass was less thick there. At our current home, it's been a consistent problem which adds about an hour to what would otherwise be a 90 minute job. There may be some maintenance we could have done which would alleviate this, but for the time being it's a big problem! I think if you had a yard with average thickness (and a little less crabgrass than we do) or lived in a dryer climate the mower would work fine.