This year marked the debut of my shiny new aerator. In the past, I always rented, but I decided it was finally time. As much as I hate walk behind aerators, I was almost looking forward to it this year just to use the new machine. So I put it on the lawn and let her rip - 15k yard. About 1/2 way through my first bordering pass, it dumped the drive chain - my fault for not making sure it was adjusted correctly - but still embarrassing since I had tempted fate by leaving the tool box at home. So I nonchalantly roll the machine back off the lawn, sneak home, grab the tools and fix the chain. I roll back up to the lawn and squeeze the clutch handle...... nothing. My adjustments have put some slack in the clutch cable so it won't engage. Back to the toolbox to discover that my dear wife has borrowed my phillips head "screwturner". I slink back to the truck, drive home and get the screwdriver. Now I have invested an hour on approximately 100 square feet out of 15k and am starting to look like a moron. So I blaze through the lawn and am finally starting to regain some of that good feeling I had when I started. On my final pass - rolling straight toward a landscaping bed full of freshly planted bulbs - I let off the clutch at the end of the pass. It won't stop. The clutch is stuck. So I spend about fifteen seconds fighting the frigging thing, pulling it backwards and driving with my feet to keep from going through the flower bed and the fence - flailing at the controls the whole time and bellowing. No kill switch on the handle by the way - super design. I finally got the throttle yanked back, the tines up and slapped the kill switch. But not before I had basically rototilled a large hole at the edge of the flower bed, snagged the edging and slurped the edging up into the tines like a strand of spaghetti - about 20 feet of edging wrecked and 4 irises that will never see April.... So I made my third trip home, grabbed my edging and replaced it. Shockingly, they still wrote me a check. Welcome to Spring! I shudder at the thought of getting on my new Z.