Possibly the new hotness?...I guess, maybe...
The trusty old Cub Cadet 1042 has mostly given up the ghost. Repair estimate is well above what it's valued.
It's been a reliable mower & has been abused & asked to do more than it was designed for, most likely.
Replacement will either be:
Both get good reviews, but the Ariens offers similar features for less $$
-high back seats
Both dealerships are close by.
I will look forward to snicking through the gears...