reply to SwedishRider
Re: Garden Tractors: Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, John Deere.. Others? CC used to make a pretty good tractor, that's not the case anymore. They used to be part of International Harvester which no longer exists, they are manufactured by MTD which also makes such brands as Yard Man and others. Here's some information for you about them: »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub_Cadet
I don't know much about the Husqvarna tractors. I do know that they make a very good chainsaw and they use Honda engines which are some of the best made!
JD has been and still is one of the best brands in the marketplace as long as you don't buy the dumbed down models sold by the big box stores. It's certainly going to be a tractor that will last you for a long time is taken care of properly.