I cried, "Mow, mow, mow!"
The other day I was all set to have some more tractor time, but when I turned the key nothing happened. So now I can report that the new battery charger I bought a few months back, works.
While I was mowing the field today, a man came along on a big county tractor towing a huge mowing sledge and got the part of the field that is county right-of-way. If he had come by a half hour sooner he could have saved me a little work on one side of the driveway, but I hadn't done the area near the mailbox where I put the trash barrels for pickup, so I was still glad to see him. Tipped my sweaty old cowboy hat and he waved back.
This tractor's front wheels aren't as big as the rear wheels, but they're bigger than the front wheels on the ZTR, which makes the holes -- we suspect armadilloes -- less of a hazard. I still have to be careful, but the tire size, horsepower, and weight distribution mean I have a much better chance of backing out if I can't continue forward.
There's a feature I have yet to try that means I can keep the cutting deck operating in reverse, but I'd settle for having the deck restart automatically when I start forward again. Instead I have to push-and-pull the deck engage to restart. It's still simpler than I think the cut-in-reverse feature sounds. I'll have to try it out eventually though.
Now I'm going to go look at the product of my morning's toil, and feel self-satisfied.