Craftsman or John Deere D170
I'm torn between the new 2014 Craftsman 24HP 54" mower and the John Deere D170 54". Both seem pretty comparable and both are about the same price (want to stay around $2800). One thing I didn't like on the D170 was the seat seemed to have a lot of play sideways right to left. It felt sloppy to me (on two different ones at Lowes). Is this common? Other than that it felt comfortable. I like that the Craftsman does not require you to push the mow-in-reverse button EVERY time. This is a plus to me. I've also read that the Craftsman has a heavier duty transmission than the D170. My only concern with Craftsman is if Sears goes under completely. Not sure what if any ramifications that would have on warranty, parts, etc. Any thoughts between these two ride-on mowers? Thank you in advance.