Well Hello everyone - I'm new to the forum and see that everyone is more than willing to help. I am currently in teh process of purchasing a small lawn mower - home owner with less than 1/4 an acre, and got totally confused when I went out searching the other day. Of course, I thought getting the opinion of several guys in the store - Lowe's, and I heard three different opinions. Left the store with nothing but one decision in mind - keep paying the lil guy who does it now! Anyway, one guy was extremely helpful but stressed how he'd rather buy a Craftsman - why?. Can someone tell me why I should choose Craftsman over Toro? I believe Toro would be able to do just what I need it to do...if not, why? Oh spoke with a salesman...discussed the self propelled item; I believe the engine had something to do w/6.5 and large rear wheels. Please advise. Thnxs, Deb'