27 hp engine is a power house, only have 6.5 hours on mower but does seem to be put together well and should be able to get the job done. Hydrostatic drive gives plenty of speed and backs off to a nice snails pace when you need it. I do not recommend the 18" turning radius with mower deck down; the deck wheels will cut circles in your yard because they do not swivel! Cub Cadet, shame on you for not putting swivel wheels on these decks! Come up with a retrofit swivel kit and I'll buy them. Tractor will also get hung up if put on a twist and seat safety switch will shut you down if you try to compensate your weight too far to one side. Poor access to clear grass from underside of deck and wash system is only a sales gimic that doesn't really work, but we knew this before the purchase. Delivery was hard to get off the 18 wheeler with no fork lift or loading dock facilities at my home, so it cost me extra to have it put on another local shuttle truck capable of home delivery - Do you hear this Home Depot Dispatch? Your shipping company can't do home delivery with the type of trucks they use.