We bought a Cub ZTR a few years back. It's a 44" ZForce (not a Lowe's machine, we bought just before they went big box. Ours is the "semi-commercial" unit from a dealer that was over $4k MSRP.) It' a 20 hp Briggs & Strat. We absolutely are disappointed with this machine. First, our dealer is the WORST dealer in the USA. Their customer service skills are terrible. It was back for repairs many times and the way they treated us was unreal. They even hung up on my wife. So, we wound up taking a mower under warranty to a local small engine repair shop and PAID to get it fixed because they got it running correctly. So, just based on that, we're starting off poorly. Part of our problems are my stupidity. I thought a non-vacuum bagging system would work on a 44" deck. I was wrong. So, I'll never do that again. And, before anyone asks, yes, we're that anal. We bag 2 acres. Long story as to why, but we do. The mower has had endless problems and there are known issues with the Briggs motors used in the mowers. So, I"m searching for a realiable unit. And one that has a vacuum bagger option, no more than 48" deck to fit in areas we need it to, and smooth ride with reliability. I own a JD 2210 and absolutely LOVE JD and the service, but our local small engine repair that has taken care of us well also sells Hustler. Service is my #1 concern since our last issues. So, my question is, should we look at a JD or Hustler, and if so, what models would you suggest? I see there are now more JD ZTR mowers, but are these of any quality? It seems our Cub ZTR has pieces falling off as well, as part of what is mowed is pretty bumpy. To be honest, if money was no object, I'd buy a diesel JD ZTR, but we're just cutting a res lawn of 2 acres. I'd also leave the Cub at the end of the driveway for anyone to have.