Took the plunge... but I wonder?

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Well I've finally done it, after months and months of hemming and hawing I purchased a new Ego 21" push type mower. It arrives on Tuesday (4/26) and my lawn will give it a work out, but I wonder if I've made to right decision. I have ankle issues and I'm worried that I might be better off with the self-propelled model because of my problem? I'd hate to be disappointed because the model I've chosen is harder to push than I thought (my lot is about 1/4 acre) and I'd have been better off with the self-propelled version. The Home Depot near me doesn't have any displayed on the floor where you can really get the feel for the mower they're all mounted a good 5+ feet off the floor and there's never anyone available to provide assistance, and I'm not the type of person that likes waiting. So my question is this is there a big difference in the "push-ability" between the two models? Does the transmission of the self-propelled version completely disengage when not in use or does it add any resistance when not used? These are all questions that could be answered if Home Depot did a better job of displaying the Ego line but that's a conversation for a different time. 
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The 20" Ego push mower is the most nimble, lightweight and maneuverable mower I've ever used. The 21" push mower is 4 lbs heavier than the original 20" version (60 lbs vs 56 lbs). The 5.0Ah battery is the same weight as the 4.0Ah battery, so the 21" push mower should be every bit as nimble.

Now I have upgraded from the 20" to the 21" self propelled mower. The mower itself is 67 lbs, 11 lbs heavier than the 20" I had gotten used to. The SP mower also comes with a bigger 7.5Ah battery that adds another 1.5 lbs.

While the 21" SP is still relative light and agile, especially compared to gas mowers, the 20% weight increase is definitely noticeable. Also, the SP does not disengage from the rear wheels when not in use, so there is some added resistance when pushing or rolling a folded mower around.

If you get the SP model, be aware that the overall agility and maneuverability is a bit worse than the Ego push mowers. If you have to do much tight turning or pivoting, the trade-off is noticeable.