My wife and I are looking at buying a lawn tractor/mower this year...we have a 1 acre lawn that is strangely shaped and very hilly. It's really no longer fun to mow it with a push mower though some parts of it will still be easier with the push mower we have. It's a nice mower, Husky that is 4 wheel drive but it takes me 3-5 hours to mow the lawn with that mower. I was under the impression that there is a quality difference between power equipment sold at Big Box stores like Lowes and the same equipment sold at a mom and pop store. Same Model numbers, different quality. Is this true? We have a mom and pop store near us that carries one of the manufacturers I'm looking at but they are about 25% more expensive for the same model and their pickings are pretty slim. I'd rather go with the mom/pop store but 25% more on a $2000 mower is a lot of money for me and they don't seem to want to budge on their price.