Quiet, powerfull mower. It started on the first pull out of the box. I love all the features of this mower, especially the blade stop!! So nice not to have to keep restarting the mower everytime I need to move something out of the way. It mulches exceptionally well. My one and only wish is that it had a personal pace feature like the toro. The smart controll isn't bad, I just would prefer a "less active" feature like a personal pace system. Overall, I highly recommend, and would buy again!