Overall, I like this mower: it starts easily (even with a hot engine), mulches cleanly with little residue, and can be pushed easily, even with the self-propelled feature disengaged. It has pleanty of power, and even when I mulch a thick pile of leaves, the engine doesn't seem to notice.
Curiously, the Operator's Manual doesn't have a detailed list of specifications, such as engine horsepower, crankcase oil capacity, gas tank capacity, spark plug gap, etc. I finally found the spark plug gap (.030) in the "troubleshooting" section. The crankcase capacity appears to be 20 oz., which I determined by reading some very light printing on the dipstick. I never did find out the engine horsepower or fuel tank capacity, which seems to be approx. 1/2 gallon.
Two things I don't like, but neither of them a deal-breakers: (1) if you release the blade control, it kills the engine. On my previous mower, this control stopped the blade, but the engine kept running. Bottom line, if you frequently have to move objects out of the way while mowing, you're going to get tired of having to restart the engine every time you have to pause for even a few seconds. (2) The bottom lip of the cutting chamber has a gap at the front of the chamber, which causes the wind from the spinning blade to exit at the bottom front of the mower. This is OK for mulching grass, which is anchored down by the roots; it's not so good when you're trying to mulch leaves (which I do), as it causes the leaves that you're trying to run over to continually be blown away from the front of the mower, just as you attempt to mulch them.
Despite these two minor disappointments, I do like the mower, and I believe that it represents a fair compromise between desirable features and reasonable price.
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