can you specifi what was wrong with the cub cadet ? I would be very interested as I have an older model 833 wide cut 33" CC that does a great job and is built like a tank.Perhaps the ones built for HD are made cheaper?here is a link to the newer version of mineWell, it's probably as good as any in its class. Ariens is a good company that's been around for quite a while. My grandfather always swore by them - used both a waw (probably considered an early commercial unit) and a snowblower he used for years to take care of his local church grounds. The more I think about it, I seem to recall that it might have been a singe power unit with interchangeable attachments, but I'm not sure (45? years ago).
The $1200-$1300 might be bit of a problem. I see HD wants $1400:
Ariens 34 in. Self-Propelled Wide Area Walk Behind-Mower - 911413 at The Home Depot
However, I think I'd take the Ariens over the Cub HD also sells (personal preference after getting burned by a CC product that looked really good on paper):
Cub Cadet 33 in. Wide Area Cut Walk Behind Mower CC760 - CC760 at The Home Depot
Back in '96, I was in need of a new GT. Minimum requirements were 18hp, hydro trany, 48" deck, and 2-stage snowblower capable. After much research both online and at local dealers, and once my budget was clearly defined, I purchased a CC2185 w/48" deck and 40" snowblower as it was the most bang for the buck. Also, my dad, someone who I had a great deal of respect for, owned a CC2072 that had been flawless for a few years, and then upgraded to a CC3185(?) that my brother still uses every week.can you specifi what was wrong with the cub cadet ? I would be very interested as I have an older model 833 wide cut 33" CC that does a great job and is built like a tank.Perhaps the ones built for HD are made cheaper?here is a link to the newer version of mine
Wide Area Walk Behind Mowers