Re: Riding Mower - The answer?
Whatever you do, go to a dealer and not to Lowe's, Home Depot or Sears. The riding mowers they sell there will last you at most 5 years. The name on the mower might be the same, but the mower itself is not the same quality.
Go to a dealer (John Deere, Toro, whatever) and you will find something that will run without problem for 25 years.
What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?
All models are wrong. Some of them are useful.