So I'm on the fence between a zero turn or a tractor. I mow a 1/2 acre of nice thick TTTF about every 2 to 3 days. I have a slight hill in my back yard and not many obstacles to mow around. I dont have a huge budget and I dont want or need any commercial or professional grade mower.
Mowers I'm looked at thus far are:
Cub cadet zt1
Cub cadet xt2
John deere x300 series (i was told the 100 series arent that great)
John deere zero turn (heard mixed reviews)
Snapper tractor and zero turn
Zero turn mowers
I do my own aeration once a year, pull a spreader and cart occasionally. Dont know how good a zero turn is for that job and dont know how it would handle my slight hill.