Thanks to all for the posts and reviews on the ZTRs. Our craftsman mower finally gave up and forced my hand. After many test drives, tons of brochures and many windy sales lines we decided to go with the Scag Wildcat with a 52" deck. I placed the order today and will take delivery on Saturday. I am having trouble deciding if I am excited about the new mower or sick about how much this thing costs!! We have about 4 acres to cut between our place and my parents, so the little 42 inch craftsman has earned a break (may it R.I.P.). I learned a ton reading the posts from everyone that has hands on experience with the different mowers. In the end, it turned out that the foot petal on the deck lift was the biggest factor for us between many of the top brands. We chose the wildcat over the Tiger Cub for the better seat and the bigger LC Kawasaki engine. Thanks to all!!