In an ideal world I would own a stand behind zero turn for mowing and have an oversized man-toy to handle everything else. Unfortunately we can't make that work right now, so the residential grade cub cadet was the way it went. That said, I mowed with it for the first time last night and you can count me impressed. I haven't driven a foot controlled hydrostatic yet and damn it's awesome! I have *TONS* of obstacles on my two acres in the form rocks sticking up 3-6 inches. Being able to come in hot, roll off the throttle and change direction quickly made dealing with those things much easier. Also very impressed with the turning radius. It's no zero turn but I can whip it around and get it back on track in a very short space. Plenty of cutting power, it has a 24 horse Kohler pushing a 50" deck and I ran it through grass as tall at 8" last night without issue.