I have owned nothing but Deere riders. Have a 20 year old 325 I keep at the lake. Had a zero turn for while when I mowed 3 acres. Loved that thing could mow it in an hour. I just moved and bought a 335 for our half acre lot. Went with the 335 instead of the 325 to get the Kawasaki engine vs briggs. Agree with JD back up and mow. Simple 10 second job replacement wire eliminated that.
Bought a new rider last year. I was going to get a John Deere but really like the features of the Simplicity that I bought. Did not like the system on the Deere for backing up and mowing. This is my 2nd simplicity rider and have been very happy. I also get the snowblower to mount on the front and it works very good. Easy to take deck off and blower on. I have never been a fan of box store equipment. I prefer to buy from a dealer. I feel you get better quality and a person to service if needed.
Needed to replace the Craftsman self propelled this year, just bought a new self propelled Toro at Home Depot. 22" cut with the high back wheels and 6.75 hp engine. Not a fan of bagging grass so I had to have the side discharge option which this does. $309.00
Wife is in shock that I spent money