I never write reviews for anything, but I feel others need to know about this "mower" before they make the same mistake I did. To be completely honesty in this review, I purchased this mower from Lowes; but that should have no bearing on the products performance. Shortly after buying the mower, I assembled (which took some time) and began cutting my grass. For the first few minutes I was in love. The mower breezed through the grass with little effort, and left me gas-smell and grass-clipping free. However, upon further inspection of the yard after cutting, I noticed that the mower won't cut a certain type of grass (not a grass expert so I can't tell you the type, but it has longer thicker stalks). So I basically had a short lawn with sporadic single high blades sprinkled throughout. I also noticed that it has a hard time cutting taller dandelion stalks. It will essentially just press them down onto the ground, but won't cut. Now if you're still reading this review I'll let you know that before cutting, I followed every instruction to the letter (adjusting the blade height, doing the paper test, etc.). This review will continue, and if it keeps you engaged then I'll lie and say there are dinosaurs and explosions later on in the story. To solve the issue with the tall strands it didn't cut, I had to hand pick every one of these out of the ground. Huge pain. I then moved into my backyard, which is located on a hill. This mower is great if you're going downhill permanently, but any attempt to go uphill is a ridiculous endeavor. If you haven't cut your grass within a week, you will need a full running head of steam to go uphill. Another issue with cutting on hills is that the mower can't handle bumps. If you have a lawn that has little recessed bumps here and there, the mower will go right overtop, leaving that area within the bump uncut. So after 2 months now of cutting, hand picking blades it didn't cut, running uphill, and using my WW to take care of the lower bumps; I then encounter the issue of the chain falling off. In case you didn't know, underneath the black plastic piece you see on the right side of the mower is a chain similar to a bicycle. If your chain pops off, you will need a socket set to unscrew the plastic piece and then use all your Hulk strength to get the chain back on. This issue happened four times, and with each resetting of the chain, it slowly started to damage a link in the chain which made it loose. Yesterday I was halfway through cutting my grass and the chain completely broke in half. The lawn mower is now completely dead without a functioning chain. I now have to go purchase another mower. This time it will be gas. If you buy this mower and your yard isn't completely flat, and made of only one type of grass; you're literally taking $200 and pulling a magic trick. Your money will disappear; while problems, headaches, anger, and regret will appear in its place. DON'T BUY!!!!
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