The Cub Cadet at Lowes's is $2999 with a Briggs Intek 22 hp (50" cut). The other ZTR is located at a reliable small dealer. It's a Gravely 1740 with a Kohler Courage 17 hp and 40" cut for $3200. I have about .75 acre of land to mow. It is is 100% St Augustine Grass. I only want to mulch. How can I justify going with the smaller, less powerful mower that costs more. I have read tons of threads here, I know many of you are purists with your mowers, please give advice based for a homeowner not a professional.