Yes, I use it all the time.
1) it puts a convenient 'info screen' at the beginning (but IMHO stays onscreen about 5 times too long)
2) it prevents you from *easily* interrupting it. While hitting most things on the remote end up putting the icon on the screen that you're saving to VCR (and a second one brings up the cancel/resume save to vcr menu), it's still slightly convenient.. it prevents accidentally hitting tivo from stopping it or something.
If I'm dubbing something off that I want to keep, I will most likely restart it in the rare case where I get the save to vcr icon on it.. but if I'm saving off for some other reason, I just live with it.
The info screen is the major reason though.. (e.g. I'm saving off the musical guest from a talk show, and after I edit the recording on the other recorder, I leave the info screen there).