I am a home owner, not a pro, and I'm looking to replace my JDeer 38STX Lawn Tractor type Hydrostatic, with the now Promotionally priced (3599.00) Cub Cadet Z Force ZTR. It's a 44" cut with either a Briggs 18Hp or the Kaw 15Hp. Both are V-twins. From what I hear, I want the Kaw. Unless you folks know something I don't. And what about the 3Hp difference? They are selling so fast they ran out of Kaws' and started putting them out with the Briggs and ran out of them. Dealers are getting back-ordered. I never owned a ZTR. Got allot of trees on 3/4 acre of fast growing Tall Feskew and I'm tired of the hassle. I mow every 5 days in prime season. I looked at the Husqevarna 48" before and after and it was not as good to me. I don't trust the TORO models for some reason. I have dibbs on the next Kaw powered unit to come in. I would like to hear some debates between the Kaw-15Hp & Briggs-18Hp motors. Some say the Kaws are quieter and more reliable as well. Looking for input. Thanks, therock P.S. Nice Board! If you have a Chevy Truck or SUV and like to tweak it or want to ask anything about them go here. http://www.pacific-audio.com/performance/discussion.html . No frills and fast. My Site http://users.adelphia.net/~allen22/ .