I thought it gave a very good cut. I did not get a chance to use it during spring growth. It had a 10hp Honda motor and had plenty of power. The mower was a belt drive. If you were doing alot of close tight mowing that made you go in reverse alot it would probably wear on you in a long day. The extra inches of cut was so great. I am keeping my eye on the 30 inch mowers that have come out.