It seems Cub cadet has done a major over haul of its Lawn and Garden tractors that will be available in October. Here is a link to the article I found. I would say they have raised the bar from manufacture to warranty to options. I would think the John Deere guys will have to do something to compete at these price point. I saw a video that the X2 series uses the Kawasaki motor and has a fabricated deck available. Here's the link to the article.