I don't like the way the self propelled is controlled by that lever on the handle bar. Every time you want to engage it you have to move your hand.
Have you looked at Husqvarna?
My preferred drive control setup is the squeeze handle / trigger style with a separate speed adjustment but I don't think anyone makes that any more. I previously had a mower with the same setup as the DR and overall I thought it was ok but the bar would tend to pinch when you engaged it. I use the walk behind to get to a few areas in my yard that are hard to hit with the tractor. One fairly steep hill, under several trees with exposed roots, and several areas that are too tight to maneuver the tractor. It's all back and forth detail work with no open areas so I'm constantly hanging onto the handlebar, steering and pulling back and forth. That's why I'm not liking any of the Personal Pace, My Stride, MySpeed, etc. systems. They're all designed for long open runs, not where you're constantly maneuvering around obstacles.
I have looked at Husqvarna and they have one model I'm considering but I'd really like to avoid a stamped steel deck.
I dont care for the rear discharge on ANY mower..
I hear you. I would primarily be using this in mulching mode though and to bag leaves in the fall. I need to actually see one of these in person to see exactly where they discharge. The plastic deck Honda's do a rear discharge but the grass is diverted straight down. It doesn't seem to be too bad of a setup.
I've had a front drive mower in the past and didn't like it at all. Zero traction on anything but completely level ground. Never again.
I haven't totally ruled it out yet but my other problem with the MTD built mowers like that Snapper is that the front and rear axle supports are plastic. It's not a problem when the whole deck is one piece of plastic like on the Hondas but the MTDs have the plastic sections screwed and snapped into the metal center section which creates a weak point. That's why my current walk behind is out of commission; the front axle support fatigued and broke out at the screws. Granted it's 13 years old but still, it just doesn't seem like a good design.