I was in your boat last year and I decided on the Turf Tiger with the 29hp Kawi. I decided on that mower for a couple reasons.... Better Motor, I save half the fuel i was burning! Drive Shaft wont slip in think grass You can't cut grass as fast as the Cheetah will mow, I tried on the turf tiger as fast as it could go and it left streaks And the Turf Tiger has be test for many many many years with the results being nothing but excellent. Yes the price difference is big but you save that diffence in fuel.