I was at the dealers a couple of weeks ago and was purchasing a new mower for residential work. I chose the Ariens and when talking to the dealer I noticed that only a few mowers had the blade clutch on them and when I asked I was told that the manufactures are trying to get away from them. He explained that no-one really like them. I like the fact that I can allow the mower to run and the blade not in motion when I want to empty the bag. I own a mower that when you start the mower the blade is turning at all times. I feel like this makes it harder to start and IMO is just unsafe. I would like to have other input on this.