I really like this garden tractor. I only have 1/2 acre but it is about half steep hills with many trees, shrubs and landscaping to traverse. I was looking for a machine that was heavy & stable with a stout transmission and larger rear tires. I also wanted a smaller deck so I could fit through tight areas (and fit on my 4' x 8' trailer).
Since Cub sells the garden tractors and decks separately I bought the 2 blade 42" deck. I bought the mulch kit and it minces the leaves so well I haven't had to bag any leaves at all this fall! This tractor also had the tightest turning radius I could find on a tractor of this size, has a rack & pinion set up like a car! The hydro tranny and 23 HP Kohler Command V twin easily mows the hills and pulls my trailer up even when loaded with a yard of mulch! I just bought a 46" front blade so I am ready and waiting for snow! The electric deck lift also lifts the front blade which is really nice.
The could be better:
The only thing else that I wish it had was a diff. lock, the Green tractor I looked at had it but was also $2000 more. I haven't needed it yet but it would be nice to have if I ever would. The 4 stars for build quality is the cheap head light set up with no off switch, but I do plan to wire in a switch myself. Also, the lenses let water in and get on the hot lamps & blows them, which I found out the first time I washed it. Have not replaced the lamps yet, don't mow at night. ;~)