Dylan I was also convinced that a ZTR was the way to go. Then I spent a lot of time looking at the different models at different price ranges. I started mowing my neighbors lawn with his small 30 inch rear rider. I did have to go into reverse more than a ztr would, but I found I could cut about 2/3 or an acre three times faster than by using a 21" mower. If you have a lot of lawn that allows you to make some long passes without turning, then a ztr will still save you time, but it may only be 20%. I do value my free time and I definetly want to get the grass cut as quickly and as nicely as possible. I can cut the 2/3 of an acre in about 45 min, and spend another 15 min with a weed wacker or 21" mower to make things look really nice (and that's with a cheesy 30" rear rider. With a 42" tractor and hydro tranny (fast forward to reverse capable), I figure I'll only spent 30 minutes each session on the tractor (compared to 2 1/4 hours for a 21" mower). Quality of cut is also very important to me, and I'm satisfied with the JD tractor cut ( one of my neighbors has one). Another personal preference is the tractor rides a lot smoother than a ztr. I also like the inexpensive bagger for the JD... It will make leave cleanup in the fall a lot less painful. Like lots of other people that are deciding what to get and at what price, I want something that makes work fun. I want to look forward to mowing, as opposed to looking at it as a chore. The 'cool factor' of a ztr really had me hooked, but I didn't like anything under $4000. After trying out a rider on my property a few times, I found ways to cut that didn't require a zero turrn. I found that I would only have to go into reverse on the very last few passes. The bottom line for me is a ztr may only save me 15 minutes of cut time on a saturday.... that's not worth spending $2000 extra for. Another plus for me is the John Deere dealer (not home depot) is the closest dealer to me. They have a huge service area and have been around for over 50 years. The sales guy gave me a tour of the facility and showed me several tractors that were in for service. The JD dealers sell the same tractors that home depot sells, but they have the advantage of being full service. I STILL love the Simplicity ztr and I'm still open to suggestions.