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Hey Gary,

It's been very interesting reading all the replies to your very innocent question! Wouldn't it be great if people just dealt instead of sermonizing? (Ok, that's MY sermon.)
I purchased my home 10 years ago. The total site is only 1/4 acre, house and all. So I decided to go battery-powered and haven't regretted it.
I purchased a used Ryobi at that time and it worked without a problem until last year when the battery started to get tired. Instead of replacing the battery, I sold it to my neighbor (with full disclosure!) and purchased a Toro mulching battery-powered mower and love it. I tend to get busy (read lazy?) and the grass can get rather long at times, but the mower handles it like a champ.
So I can suggest either Ryobi or Toro without blushing.
One bad thing about battery, they're not real easy on hilly property 'cause the battery makes them a little heavy.
One, of many, good things: They're phenomenally quiet and you can mow anytime, even when there is an ordinance against it due to pollution. They don't pollute.
Hope this is of help.
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