So, the house I have came with (long story) a Craftsman mower, which frankly just isn't cut (pardon the pun) out to handle a lot of yard. I have just under an acre to mow, which for the most part is level. However, it's the steep grade on the front yard that's giving me troubles. The mower tends to slide down the hill on horizontal cuts, and can't seem to climb up when making verticle cuts. The only way to get an even looking pattern is to circle the yard and make a single pass, which wastes a lot of time/gas. Also, cutting horrizontally across the hill (not up and down it) causes the deck to lean and cut very unevenly, which accents the path that looks like was left by a drunk driver, with how the mower slides down the hill So, with that in mind, I need a new mower. I am looking primarily at Husqavarna and John Deere. There is an obvious draw to the JD, however I love my Husqy WB and weed eater. I need a stable deck that isn't going to lean obnoxiously when on a hill. I need traction, and I need power, as I plan on adding a cart at some point. I also have 2 very small children, so I will also need some good safety features. The John Deere 190c shares the top choice spot with the Husqvarna YTH2454. I know the 190c has been replaced with the 150, but I have a chance to pick up a brand new JD 190 for $2499, instead of the list price $2799. I like the JD tractor for obvious reasons. My dad bought a 180 back in 1988 and it still runs as good new as it did then. He has had to do some work on it, but after 20 years, it's amazingly strong. The Husqy name seems to be sound. They make good trimmers and saws, so are their mowers as good? Are all of the Husqavarna lawn care equipment made by Yazoo/Kees (and if so, what does that mean)? Anybody with any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all.