I sell Befco , Land Pride, and Deere mowers. From my experience, the Befco seems to be the best value for the money. I like the rear discharge also.. and Deere doesn't offer that. Land pride is a good mower, but I can't beat the Befco for price and it is a quality mower. As far as tires going flat.. we have had several customers have the same problem. One idea that works well is to take the tires to a tire shop and have them foam fill them. This still leaves a little suspension in the tire, but will never go flat.