I'm just about ready to buy the HPS ride on spreader but I'm probably going to buy the model from Cub Cadet. It's the same, identical machine as Lesco, just painted yellow.(it's made by MTD) The price is the same as well. If I buy the Cub Cadet, I have a dealer just a mile from my house to fall back on. If I buy from Lesco, I just have a store front to talk to if I were to have problems. My questions are as follows for the folks that own one. Are you really happy with them? How are they holding up? Are they ok pulling up and down hills? Is the speed and the rate easy to control? How are they with a hopper full of product? I wish they had more stainless on them, but I guess I'll just have to stay on top of cleaning it well. I spread lots of granular and I need a dependable ride on as some of my properties are several acres. Any comments are appreciated.