I own a number 5 mower and it is an excellent unit if maintained properly. I personally have hundreds of hours on it mowing weeds, hay, wheat and oats stubble. If you maintain the sickle appropriately, you will be very pleased with the results. BE CAREFUL. If you fold up the bar to install the transport rod, KEEP YOUR FINGERS OUT OF THE SICKLE! It can slide down and slice your finger into more pieces than you would prefer.