It's a great mower and it really handles well. I have had mine a full season and always wait to leave a review until I put some significant hours on the motor. The only drawback to this mower is that the chute, which already needs to be replaced after
one season. However, that is to be expected, because everything is hardened rubber these days. Maintenance is easy, spark plugs are easily accessible, oil and oil filter are the hardest, but YouTube has a great Ariens maintenance videos to help out with
that. Oh, lastly regarding maintenance, you will need an impact driver to get those blades off and always a good idea, because apply torque by hand while the mower is jacked up is not a good idea. Regarding the engine, I thought about getting the more expensive
Kawasaki, but I have been really happy with the Kohler engine and it runs like a clock.