My normal mower is a Poulan 16.5 hp 42" hydro, but over the last year or so I've had the opportunity to drive a couple of smaller LT's: a JD STX38, a Husqvarna LT125, and a Yard-man ET1238. I must say, I like the smaller mowers.
Don't get me wrong, I have a fair patch of land. It take 3 hours to mow. It is a mix of open stretches, obstacles (AKA gardens & fruit trees), and bush line. In theory, the larger mower should out preform the smaller ones, but, the older smaller mowers just impress me more. The finish is more even & the turning radius is tighter. The cutting time is within minutes but the gas consumption is lower.
Is bigger better?