I am 17 years old and have been cutting lawns for two years now. I a using a John Deere LTR 180 with no problems so far, how ever I am looking to purchase a ZTR. I am looking at the John Deere mini Z-Trak 717a Mower. I have experience with an Exmark walkbehind however I am not happy with the dealer and their service. One of the main reasons I am looking at John Deere is because the dealer close buy is very helpful and friendly. Does anyone have any experience with this mower or any other John Deere mowers? Also would anyone recommend any of their string trimmers and blowers?