Thank Goodness He Likes It
The first mower received we had to exchange, nothing wrong with the mower just a tad too fast for the drivers (apparently okay for the car but not for a mower). So it was exchanged and I was holding my breath after first use. This is the second Mountfield we've had and I couldn't understand why he didn't go for one a second time. The mower sent back had an electronic start, which was wonderful. This one hasn't but it is easy to start, usually on first pull.
It doesn't seem to be as noisy as the old one, makes a lovely job and the deck washer feature suits him down to the ground, he uses it every time. Best of all the variable speed is perfect and has turned a dreaded job into a pleasure. Also from my point of view it is good to look at. Finally it has a Honda motor, which I understand from a friend with a 'degree' in lawnmowers is the best of all.
So yes, highly recommended and well worth the cost.