it's all personal preference as far as the controls,the color,the cut etc. i will say this,i can mow residential yards faster and do less turf damage on a Hydro walk behind with a stand on sulky than you can with a ZTR.if i have a steep hill,i just pull the pin. i second looking for used.there are a lot of deals out right now on stuff that is not that old and/or in good shape.why take the hit buying new? i always buy used and have been fine.i use the theory,if it looks good on the outside,it probably ok. if it looks like hell walk away. never buy sight unseen.