I have decided that I am going to sell my Ariens GT17 and purchase something else to cut my grass with.
So far, I've been kind of hot on finding a nice John Deere 110 round fender. I really like those. We had 2 of them we restored but later sold them to buy more Cubs. I always enjoyed cutting with them and they lay down a nice cut.
My other option is the Cub 128 that we got back from my aunt. It has a stuck valve, and a rust problem. I has sat outside for the last 10 years, and probably the other years of its life. The body work is rough with surface rust and dings. It ran and cut well when it was running. To get it back into shape, it needs full tear down, sand blast, repaint, motor work(not sure how serious but we have several motors 10 to 14HP that will work), plus it will need tires and other little repair jobs.
I'm cutting 2 acres, not looking to cut it super fast, I don't really want a HUGE tractor because I have to cut around the house, and around trees, and my wifes darn landscaping. 50" max deck.
The Ariens does a good job, but the finish quality of the cut is not on par with the cubs or deeres that I have used in the past. We have a shed full of tractors, but I'm not willing to cut grass with a restored tractor. They are garage queens. The 128 that Dad uses is there, but its a pain driving it up the road cut grass then drive it back home. Plus the old 12HP Kohler has developed a slight smoking problem and is going to need rebuilt. Dad wants to hold off as long as possible before we change out the engine with one of our other motors.
I'm considering using the Economy King when the grass starts growing, but I imagine that will be a pain around the house. Probably have to use the snapper to edge in with. As I refuse to use push mowers.