Unfortunately, this thing has been not that great since new. We only mow about once every 2 months so it's getting used 5-6 times a year, maybe 50 times ever :) The shop assembled it and sharpened the blade the day I bought it. Grass also catches in odd places like on the body near the exit chute, the catcher often "falls" off and yeah, overall it's a really average design.
The new model has about 1/2 again as much torque and an extra 50cc so I am hoping it should be a lot better. It's a stupid amount of overkill for a lawn my size really.
I assembled it last night so will have a go this weekend with it.
Fair enough. Nothing worse than catcher issues, but a new mower and gruntier should be good