analysis by parallisis! I had started this thread about why not get a Cub Cadet at Lowes for $3000. Well, I just test drove an Ariens 2148 with a Briggs and it is head an shoulders better feeling than the Cub Cadet. It's $4000. They also have an Ariens 2352 with a Kohler for $4300. I plan on keeping this for 8 - 10 years, so I don't mind paying the extra $. They have an automatic 2 year extension on the warranty for a total of 4 years vs. paying an additional $300 for the 4 year warranty for the Cub. The test drive felt so much smoother, the local dealer was so intelligent about the product, the machine has heavier grade of steel, it seemed faster, but if not it definetely was more responsive with the steering. Advice?