I've got a 5 hp Craftsman I bought about 19 years ago. I've had it "serviced" maybe twice, and may have changed the oil 3 or 4 times since. I checked the oil this morning, and it looks like I let it run a little low last season. I know it started the season with "full" showing on the dipstick, so it's starting to burn a little oil. I don't expect it to last much longer. A kid down the street cuts my yard for me--about 2400 sq. ft. He can't start my mower--takes a pretty hard pull. So I will need something easy to start. The other thing is mulching capability. I spread my leaves over the driveway this morning, and tried to mulch them into a bag, to spread over some beds. That didn't work too well. I had much better results removing the bag and using the mulching plate, but sweeping everything up was a hassle. Obviously, I need something that will hold up to a little light neglect. I'd like to find something in the $500 range. Any suggestions?