So, I'm thinking of retiring the 12 year old John Deere. It still runs and cuts pretty well, but doesn't look very good. The original hood is gone and replaced with a sheet metal wonder of my creation. I refused to give $350+ for a new one. It's a PIA to change / sharpen blades and, of course, JD parts are thought of highly by their pricing execs. I've looked at Cub Cadets but they did not really do it for me. Getting back to simplicity and basics, what about the old rear engine Snappers? They make a 33" cut with a 17.5 B&S engine (rather have a Honda tho) that looks intriguing on paper. Reviews are all over from love to hate. Anybody care to chime in with recommendations or suggestions? It's just a typical 1/4 residential lot. The current Deere is a 38" cut with a 13.5 Kawasaki engine...it's plenty. I want ease of maintenance (for me) and ease of operation (for the boss who usually rides it).