My Bro in law mows a few accounts part time. He bought a new Huskee 2-3 years ago and it was a POS from the get-go. You get what you pay for.
I stumbled across a JD 345 with 625 hours on it (at the dealer) and gave him $2000 for it. All I've done is replace the deck wheels and blades (and one belt) when needed. Shop around at the dealers and you can get a good used mower that will give you a lot of service.
The only time a politician tells the truth is when he calls his opponent a liar.