New riding mower, blade engagement?
Have a 1975 Cub Cadet that I'm tired of fighting-it eats the mower belt every other use. Looking for something reliable, both mechanically and the mower belt. Need to mow about 1 acre-some turf, lots of varieties of weeds, lots of leaves etc. (it's a lakefront house in the woods, not a suburban lawn). Would like to stay under $2K.
Blade engagement-PTO or manual-any major pros/cons, esp. for maintenance?
Have looked at Lowes & considered various Deere or Husqvarna, but see mixed reviews on all as far as reliability.
All opinions greatly appreciated!