I got a quick 36 a little while ago and I can honestly say that it has far exceded my expectations. I will go through some of the things that have been discussed. 1. how hard is it to turn? it takes about the same effort to turn as my honda hrc 216, less if you use the hydro to help you. 2. how well does it side discharge? it dishcharges exellent. it was throwing the clipping three rows over. it would probably throw four if you took the discharge chute up, but I didn't tell you that. 3. how is the cut? the cut is very smooth. better than my hrc 216. is there anything that you don't like about the machine? yes, there are a couple of things. 1. the briggs intek engine is very loud. 2. you can't get through a 36" gate with out taking off the dishcharge chute. 3. the forward/reverse lever is a bit too hard to push in, but I am sure it will soften up with use. overall, are you happy with the machine? I am very happy with the cut and ease of use. it has cut about 15 minutes off of each lawn that I do (my lawns are about 7,000 sqft). if you have any other questions feel free to ask and I'll try to answer them as best I can. btw, after 15 lawns there was barely any clipping build up on the deck. I'm not sure why, but I am very happy about that.