Like the title says I demoed the John Deer 54" Quick Track today. I was really looking forward to demoing this mower and was ready to buy one until I used it. I guess I'll start by telling you what I liked about the mower. The mower seems well built and has plenty of power with the 23 HP Kawasaki. The 7 Iron deck left a very nice cut and I liked the way the height adjustment worked. Overall it is a very nice mower. Now for the reasons I won't be buying a JD Quick track. First of all I don't think the deck sticks out far enough to trim along beds and around trees. I was able to go around trees with larger mulch beds around them but most of the smaller ones the rear tire would end up in the bed screwing the mulch up. The second problem is weight distribution and the location of the drive tires. I've never run a hydro drive walk behind or rider that spins the tires so easily. I used this mower for the entire day and got a chance to use it on some hills that I thought it should be able to handle. I was wrong! My Walker riding mower with a 52" side discharge deck handles the hills better than the JD. IF you try to go downhill with the JD you better forget about trying to turn on the hill. When I did all I got was a bunch of tirespin. I ended up going to the bottom to turn around. I will say that the JD will climb any hill I tried going forward but thats it. All day long this mower kept dissapointing me with its lack of traction. I really thought by the end of the day I would be signing the papers to take it home. I guess I'm going to give the Wright Stander a try next. It looks to me like the drive tires on the Wright Stander are moved forward in front of the operator and more importantly under the motor. The drive tires on the JD are behind the operator and pretty far from the engine. I guess I'll find out soon when I demo a Wright Stander. I'll let you guys know what I find out.