When I got my house almost two years ago, I didn't quite expect how tough the yard would be to mow. It's a pain and after almost "dying" for two summers, I decided to bite the bullet and get a riding lawn mower this year. While most riding lawn mowers are "tractors" (or horse-shaped you could say) the engine is in the back instead of the front. A lot of times they are called "snappers" as Snapper the company is very famous for their style of these lawn mowers. It did concern me that this a "manual" mower instead of automatic, but it's not quite like a car in that respect. The thing just goes on auto-forward and you have a break near your left foot. You can increase or decrease speed with a lever on your front right instead of a foot pedal. My yard has hills and I figured this style of mower would be safer (especially after my first few rides) if it somehow flipped over on me.