I want to "invest" in a ZTR mower after struggling with the 24" turning radius on my Husky tractor. I only cut about 18,000 sq. ft., but there are many beds and many mulched and natural trees to go around. Curently, it takes me 3 hours start to finish with the cutting, trimming, and cleanup (vac, blower etc.). I can stripe pretty well with the tractor, but I have a lot of short runs to make (25 yds.), if I change direction every week or so. Consequently, with that really wide radius, I'm constantly backing up, going forward, backing up and going forward just to make the turn. I'm looking at the Ariens residential grade ZTR, probably the EZR 1742 (17 HP, 42" deck). AT $3000 promo price, it seems like a good deal, but I wonder about the quality. I think it's a stamped deck, and the power is "residential". I have an Ariens Pro snowblower that I'm happy with, so I'm OK with Ariens. Do you have any other recommendations in this price range. Thanks for any feedback.