I'm a homeowner with 1.4 acres to mow - lots of trees and pretty rough ground. I ran a 48" Scag belt-drive walk-behind for a few years until my wrists developed de Quervain's syndrome (sort of like Carpal Tunnel), probably NOT from using the mower but mowing was not easy with this condition. Wrists are a lot better now, and the MTD lawn tractor that I bought to replace the Scag is about shot, so it's time for a new machine. Here's some background: - I'm 52 and like to think I'm in shape, but I know that a walk-behind would give me valuable exercise. - I liked the Scag a lot- bought it used and I think it would have lasted the rest of my life. Makes me want another walk-behind. - I have a bountiful leaf harvest in the fall - currently use the MTD to pull an agrifab Mow-N-Vac that does a good job, but the Mow-N-Vac's B/S engine is not doing well, so I will either replace/rebuild the engine or replace the leaf collector. - MTD stamped 46" deck is really beat up - makes me value a fabricated deck like the Scag had. Here are my thoughts: 1. Buy a Quick 44 - looks pretty impressive and should be pretty easy on my wrists. Keep the MTD for pulling around the leaf collector (current one or a new one). This gets me a commercial-grade machine with a fabbed deck - ought to last me a long time in residential use, and I think I can keep the MTD going for fall usage - maybe even put some Gators on it to help mulch the leaves. 2. Local dealer has a new Bobcat 48 WB for less than the Quick. I'm worried about my wrists with a belt-drive, plus this has the 1-cylinder Kohler, and I like the 2-cyl Kawasaki on the Quick. Plus the Bobcat is probably about twice as heavy as the Quick - probably not as maneuverable. But I get a local dealer and a machine that, like the Scag, will probably last forever. 3. Buy a Cub Cadet RZT 50 for about the same price as the Quick - bigger deck and I get to ride, plus it will pull a leaf collector like the Cyclone Rake (or so Cyclone says). Probably do my yard pretty fast - faster than the Quick I would guess. Drawback - it's not commercial grade - stamped deck might end up all beat up in 3 or 4 years like the deck on my MTD - spindles not greasable... Or I could get the RZT 42 for less than the Quick... I realize that lots of you will have opinions about other brands - I'll listen. Lawnsite has been a great source of information and I know that many of you will want to set me straight before I make a serious mistake.