Take this review for what you will..... Just a solo operation, but too old and arthritic not to have the proper tools to do a job. Did my homework on the computer best I could, and called up dozens of dealers. Never even seen one run in person so I went into this cold. Got a Husgvarna BE550 with only a couple hours on it from a dealer. Actually looked new. Got less than three minutes instructions from the dealer, he had never used one himself anyway... so went home and read the manual before ever firing it up. Over-all appearance of the machine is great! Very simplistic and basic design... paint is perfect.... welds are excellent.... controls are well placed VERY intuitive. BUT THAT'S WHERE THE STORY TAKES A TURN!!!! The assembly of this machine was abominable. Homer Simpson's helper monkeys could have done better. The engine sat cocked in the frame more than a quarter inch off front to back.... Stevie Wonder could have seen it. The drive chain hung on the sprockets like a limp dick.... had never been oiled like the DECAL right there says. Kill lever on the handle bar had to be held with a death grip or it would stop running. Detent for the steering lock would not stay indexed.... just filed a small grove to make it work like a champ. Could not steer it properly because a bolt was in backwards..... rubbed on the rim preventing it turning one way..... and the tire rotating! Cotter pins much longer than required, and not even bent over as to keep you from slicing finger when you washed it. Control cables routed as to binding and being just plain fu**ng stupid. Spent about and hour alone modifying the one to disengage the front wheel lock to raise and lower the cutting wheel. Is this enough for you? These are some of the QC issues. Having said all of this..... I really love the machine! It is joy to run and operate now that all this has been fixed. It is a compact, sturdy rock solid little machine. I have the edger blade and the paver blade. Both work better than I had hoped for. First 20 feet of using it jammed a nine inch long inch and a half diameter rusty steel bolt and nut in the housing. Clutch started squealing, made a heck of a racket, never hurt a thing! Want a good machine? Check these out if you have good dealer without his head up his backside.