I noticed a couple of differences btwn these 2 mowers. One, the JD has a 5 gear transmission, the snapper has a 6 speed disc drive tranny. Is one better than the other? I assume the gear tranny is more durable and provides better traction. I want to look at the snapper becasue of the 6 speeds. I'm hoping that the mower has a couple of speeds btwn the 3-4 MPH range. The JD does not have any speeds btwn 3-4 MPH. Two, does any one know if the Robin engine on the snapper is pressure lubricated? The JD is. Any general opinions as to which is a better mower for bagging? Thanks.