Got a picture of that home-made aerator?Yes, my 50C deck on my 982 did mow O-K, lots of work and money spent getting it that way and keeping it that way. But I'm not giving up my TANK. Mows the same yard in 2-1/2 hours that took 4 hours with 982 and 6 hours with #72. Plus I don't have that haunting feeling the B48G Onan is about to grenade itself, that 27 hp Kawasaki in the Tank just purrs.
Tank can't pull my Ohio Steel Fab moldboard plow, or my home-made lawn aerator, but it has pulled my Pronovost P-503 trailer for 4 years, but then NONE of my Cub Cadet tractors can mow 12 mph while still doing a great job of mowing. Blade speed on the Tank sounds about double that of the 50C. When I mow back and forth the TANK throws clippings over TWO 54" swaths, the 50C barely covers one 50" swath.
You barely see lawn & garden tractors in dealer showrooms anymore. Not sure if that's because nobody makes a decent new one anymore or what. Took me about 15 minutes in the seat of my new zero turn to know I made a good choice. Wife has complimented the zero turn's quality of cut MANY times.