I'm new to this forum and appreciate all the experience and knowledge I have been able to tap onto by reading the posts here. I am searching for a ztr to be used strictly for residential use, with a little less than an acre to mow. I have narrowed my search for a ztr down to two models: The kubota ZG20 and the Scag Tiger Cub 19 hp 48" cut. The Kubota has several selling features including hydraulic deck lift, hydraulic PTO and shaft drive. However, it has a proprietary Kubota integrated HST transmission. I'm not sure if I should be concerned about the transmission or not. Other posters have commented that the ZG20 does not give you a "luscious" cut for well manicured lawns, which happens to be very important to me. Is it true about the poor cut quality? The Tiger Cub is a proven favorite by commercial cutters. It has separate pump and wheel motors and a deck that gives professional results on a lawn. It does not have a lot of the features of the Kubota but seems to be more "brute". It would seem easy to buy the Tiger Cub, but, a family member of mine sells Kubota and can sell me the ZG20 at a heck of a price, not to mention keeping peace in the family. At a significant savings would the Kubota ZG20 be a worthy choice over the Tiger Cub? Does anyone have any comments regarding reliability and, most of all, cut quality with the ZG20 compared to the Tiger Cub? Bottom line is, I feel a little uncomfortable with the Kubota based on the comments I have read here. However, i could save serious money on the Kubota and keep peace in my family by buying the ZG20 from my brother-in-law. I need justification, from experienced users, that buying the Kubota over the Tiger Cub would not be a mistake.