well, made up my mind today. bought a hustler 17/42. wont get it until friday, told my wife i would probably mow friday when i get home from work, she said i will also re-mow sat. and sunday. hope it ends up being as good as i am expecting. i will let u all know. ps. if i would have been offered the ariens 17/40 for the 2400.00, i probably would have taken it.