My tiger cub is a little older and I payed 3,000 for it. I would say its a great buy. The mower is a great combo of large but not to large for most of the yards I cut. I love mine, handles great, leaves pretty good stripes for no kit, and it cuts great at full speed. I'm like you and was reluctant to pay a lot of money for a mower, but it has payed off well for me. I would buy it if I were you.
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