Got my XT5 a week and 1/2 ago and set her up for use that day. Setup is pretty easy, just bolt the handle on, gas us, and away you go. I might add that it is not clear if the oil level is full upon receipt of the machine. I did add some SAE30 as the oil level looked low. Turfco needs to advise if they have the oil full when shipping. I do like the Briggs motor on the machine, really quiet little engine and really easy to start . At any rate, I have gotten to aerate two lawns to date, mine and a customer's. I ran one lawn at the shallow depth and one at the deep depth. Soil here is hardpan clay, and is slightly moist as we have gotten some rain in the past few days. Not wet by any means. Pros so far: -Engine at full throttle has plenty of power, even through turns -Pulled nice plugs given the conditions, 2" on shallow setting, 2.5" on deep setting. Some 3"ers in the moister areas. All with the extra weights on. -Machine is fast enough for a brisk walk behind it. Sulky anyone? -Hydro controls are easy and intuitive to use -IMO about a 25% reduction in effort compared to the Ryan type machines. Mostly noticed strain is total off of the shoulders as there is no more lifting the machine at the end of a pass to turn around. Cons so far (not fatal flaws, just things I noticed): -I tried aerating a lawn in a bullseye pattern, so I could keep moving forward without having to reverse too much. 90 degree turns with the machine at full throttle are difficult and require effort. There is some tearing of the turf with the sharper turns in moister areas. -Reverse is a bit slow - when doing 3 pt turns it takes too long. I assume you can adjust the reverse to be faster but that probably sacrifices forward speed, right? -The machine will still work you some, though not like a Ryan type. -Deep setting with the extra weights may be too much for moist lawns. Never thought I'd say this, but I might run the shallow depth in moist conditions, without the weights. Will run deep depth in regular conditions and only run the extra weights on drier lawns. Seems to me that adding the weights makes the machine tear more and adds more effort to make turns. I really liked steering the machine without the weights. I am sure with more 'practice', some of my cons may disappear or minimize. All in all, I am looking forward to pluggin' away in the coming weeks!