Hi guys I did demo both machines before buying and I bought the Hustler SWB . Why because it is better built and the controls are simple and comfortable . It has a 25hp Kawasaki engine on it . Thicker deck construction , spindle housings constructed of ductile iron , and as far as power is concerned it routinely pulls me up 30-35 degree hills cutting fescue . By the way I weigh 350 lbs. If you have slalom course type yards I would maybe opt for the other as it is shorter but most of my properties tend to be wide open and I feel the longer machine is easier to keep straight lines with .
By the way it only took my wife 30 minutes to become proefficient on it so it can't be that tough .
Demo both of them and do your homework on the dealers reputation as far as his service is . If it isn't any good neither wil your experience be with either machine .