I have read quite a few posts from people wondering if this mower is any good. I needed another mower on a Sunday.... So I picked one of these up. I just got a HUD contract and most of the lawns are too small for anything but a 21". It was used on 70 or so lawns. and then returned. The engine is awesome............. Too bad they put it on this mower. The 6 speed drive system is painfully slow. Adjusting the height on the front wheels is ridiculously complicated. Everything for HUD is mulched. This is where this mower really falls apart. (literally) Part of the deck is plastic. Well after two days it was destroyed and the mower was leaving clumps everywhere. This is my first summer landscaping and this HUD contract came about suddenly. I just bought a couple of Super Recyclers ($200 each on CL) until I can justify picking up some Exmarks. Too bad the 26" Metro does not seem to mulch well.