Thanks for any and all advice! Nice thing about the internet. There is always someone that knows LOTS more than you do that is willing to lend advice. I have 2 hilly acres with 35 old oak trees. I am retiring my Simplicity 7117 I dont use ground engagement tools.Heres my ?? I need a replacement. I have been looking @ GTs not because I need the capability but because my yard is tough on a tractor. The hills are tough on the transaxle and the bigger wheels seem to reduce wheel spin. Mowing around the trees on the hills puts a lot of stress on the front axle. I want to stay around $3000-$4000 tops. I have been looking at the Husqvarna GTH2248XP but the dealer threw me a curve and said "Why not a ZTR?" He sells Encore as well as Husqvarna. Will a ZTR meet my needs? Can I pull an aerator, spreader, cart? How are they on hills? Can I mulch/ bag that MOUNTAIN of oak leaves in the fall? My Simplicity has gone 23 years, I would like to get 15 out of my next unit. Thanks for your expertise!! Think Spring!!