I have a 1/2 acre lot am looking for a new mower/tractor. This will be the first summer that I will have to cut the grass as we just got the lawn in late last year. My first thought was to buy a low level Craftsman rider. I figured I would do the front yard and the trim work with my existing craftsman push mower and get the rest with the tractor. Now I am hearing that Craftsman are really not that great and that I may be better off with a quality self-propelled walk behind for the whole yard. The yyard has a few minor slopes but nothing too hilly. I don't need a top of the line machine but dont want a piece of crap either. Any suggestions? Thanks!!