Self propelled, nor not?

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I have about 1/2 to 2/3rd of an acre. My old mower was self propelled. Do I need the Self Propelled model? I just bought the non-self propelled model, but did not use it yet. Thinking of paying the extra $100. Worth it?
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I have a relatively flat property and, too, purchased the self propelled 21". I had a self propelled before, though, and feel it's one of those features that once you have it you have it you don't go back. Especially as we only get older. Maybe if I were Benjamin Button I'd reconsider.

Anyways, not only is it easy, but the speed can be adjusted (which I love). My previous mower it took about an hour all said and done. Now I can go slow around the bushes and bark mulch, but cruising speed on the rest of the lawn. Have it down to 45 minutes, and thinking I can reduce it more.

Ultimately it's your (our your wallet's) call, but I would keep it.
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I am 68 and I have no problem with the non propelled, but I have all flat areas to mow.  I wouldn't spend the extra money myself.
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Don't forget, with the SP you also get the larger battery.  With a lawn your size, the extra run time may be a help.  As others have mentioned in other posts, if you can afford it the cost difference in the battery alone between the SP and non SP makes it worth getting the SP.  I came from a gas mower and the EGO is so light by comparison, that I rarely use the SP in the front yard.  However, it is handy in the backyard for the long straightaways and I do have a minor hill in the back yard.
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Bingo. With over 1/2 acre to cut, the added capacity of the battery may be worth the upgrade even before considering the SP feature.

Upgrading the battery after your initial purchase will cost much more than $100.
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Thanks to everyone for your help. I ended up getting the SP version and just finished my first cut. My impressions:
1. The SP is needed on the heavier model (that ~7 lbs makes a difference I guess). It was slogging through my lawn without it. I never tried the non-SP version on my lawn, so I have nothing to compare it to, to be fair.
2. Performance is as good or better than my old Craftsman. The lawn looks great! About the same, maybe even slighty less time as the On/Off process is so much easier when I need to stop to pick something up etc. in the middle of the mow.
3. My old lawn mower was Rear Wheel drive with a large rear wheel. I liked that more because I could keep the SP on the entire time while finishing each row and reversing direction, which was easier with those rear wheels. Perhaps I just need to get though the learning curve.
4. I did get a little worried when running over a raised mud patch that the machine seemed to choke on. I had no fear with my old mower. I have a little with the new one. Maybe because it cost me $600+ and was not 15 years old.
5. The switch from non-SP to SP was hassle free. I went to a different Home Depot that had the SP in stock. I did NOT have to rewrap the non-SP one. I had to to a return and then a purchase. 
6. I did not get to a full charge the first time (I was too excited to try it out!), so I do not know for sure if the 1 hour is enough. I think that it is.

I am very happy overall. Thanks again!
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Awesome and I'm truly glad it suits your needs.
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Slight correction: My old mower was a FRONT wheel drive with a large rear wheel. The front wheels would spin as I turned the mower around.
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Ah, that makes more sense.

From what I've read, the rwd setup tends to work better on hills as it has better traction, but I can completely see what you're talking about. I guess there are advantages to both setups, but I would think a lot pot people with sloped lawns would favor rwd.

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