Our riding lawn mower was out of commission. It breaks down about 20 times a year. I wanted to get the area the kids play in mowed, so I broke out this guy. We have a love-hate relationship.
After mowing the areas by the porch, the swingset, and the sandbox with this mower (yes, it does work), I have a few thoughts.
Save on gas
Get your exercise (and then some) for the day
When going downhill, gravity does much of the work
Safe around kids
Won't break down every 2 days like a regular mower
About every 2 seconds a stick gets stuck in the blades and has to be fished out
If the grass is really tall/thick, you might as well forget about it
It takes about 2 hours to mow a postage stamp sized plot
Screw keeps coming loose on handle and pinching my fingers
If you mow over a snake it won't kill it, but instead is really going to make it mad
You may need a back surgeon when you're done. Or at least a chiropractor.
Do you have something around your place that needs to be upgraded?