I got this mower due to suffering from heat exhaustion with a walk behind mower. I did a lot of research, seems most models outside of John Deere are made by the same people with different labels on them, most with Briggs and Stratton engines. Could not find a favorable review of B/S engines, so I went with a Deere with a Kawasaki engine (the one at the dealership and not Lowe's or Home Depot).
I am well pleased with the performance and power. I have mowed my yard several times and got a good even cut. I mowed a person's yard from church a few times, much bigger yard, with ease. I am now helping a neighbor move large rocks to fill in his back yard and the mower pulls the card with 200 lbs of rock with ease.