I'd always heard zero-turns were hard to control on side slopes, like when mowing a ditch. I got an LZ54 Cub Cadet TANK, lever steering, took about 10 minutes to get comfortable with the steering. When I mowed with my 982 Cub Cadet by the time I got done, 2 and 3/10's acres, 4 hrs on 982, 2-1/2 hrs on Zero turn, I could barely lift my arms mowing with 982, wasn't tired a bit with zero turn. Zero turn mows WAY WAY nicer than ANY of the five older CC tractors I've used. And the one 38" deck I did a LOT of modifications to get it to mow better, it was best of the 5, but no where's near as nice as the zero turn. My TANK was/is a Commercial mower, not a residential mower, this is 5th year mowing, hour meter says 186.0 hours, and not a single repair. 5 oil/filter changes, first after 10 hours, then change yearly, grease it every 25 hours per manual. Sharpened blades One time, at the start of this season. I hear people complain about how cheaply built CC mowers are. Check the WEIGHT of the mower before writing out the check. BUY the heaviest mower, NOT the cheapest.