I bought this mower in July 2015 to replace an older 42" V-twin cylinder 17.5HP (MTD) Yard Machine for 1 acre in the TX hill country. The terrain is uneven, often rocky and doesn't resemble a manicured yard by any means. I mow twice a month from mid March-mid Nov. First I found the $99 shipping fee offensive, but after speaking to cus svc found I could have free curbside delivery for the uncrated mower. I was to uncrate and dispose of it (or in my case break it all down and re-purpose the wood) myself, GREAT! The minimal assembly is straight forward and well documented. The crankcase was pre-filled w/oil and the battery fully charged, so I just added gas, checked the tire pressures to find all four tires were inflated to 16lbs not 14lbs for the front and 10lbs for the rear, no big deal, followed the manuals instructions and it started right up, GREAT! Now the not so great: 1st: the seat has a single bolt holding it on and allows some swivel, not a bad thing, but is discerning for us bigger guys. 2nd: The Intek 500cc engine seems to labor in the TX hill country native grass so generously spread by the deer , no biggee just cut it more often. 3rd: and this is a biggee the deck, when raised to the highest setting is not adequate for my terrain. The deck at its lowest setting will scalp even the best manicured grass. The multiple deck settings are much too low! I called cus svc and spoke to a technician who said the deck can't really be raised, only adjusted front to rear and side to side (as stated in the manual). 4th and this my biggest complaint that it doesn't have a true shift on the go system you must lean forward, depress the break peddle to switch up or down a small inconveniently located lever on the bottom left side of the dash no where eye level...REALLY? I should have spent a few hundred dollars more to get the twin cylinder shift on the go version, I'll know better next time! I hope this helps someone, even one person in considering this machine. For $998 plus tax, free curbside delivery I'll have to tolerate the not so great issues!
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