need good reliable lawn tractor
I know there have been many posts about what LT to buy - I've read them all and am confused as ever. This will be our first LT - we previously had a flat 2 acre with a lawn service but my husband wants to take over the mowing and make jobs like fertilizing (previously done with a push spreader), and hauling tools etc easier. We recently built a new home with approx 1 acre of lawn - mostly flat but with a fairly steep slope in one area. We plan to pull a wagon for bales of pine needles for the beds and possibly an aerator. We want something that is reliable - I keep reading on other forums that the cub cadets have lots of belt problems and are difficult to keep in repair. My husband is very good at maintaining equipment but we want something that is easy to maintain. Lots of people seem to like JD but I keep reading that they are very expensive and sometimes difficult to maintain. We are retired so we are also concerned about the budget to get what we need and keep it in top running order. We think we should be looking at 42-46" cutting decks and definitely want one that does a good job at self mulching the grass (bermuda). We appreciate any advice on models we should research further.