Hustler FasTrak, 52" deck, 2003 Mower Review
Mixed results. After good bit of research and some test rides, decided on the Hustler FasTrak with 20 hp Honda engine & 52" deck, for use at home (approx. two hilly acres of mixed grass and trees) and another for our Congregation (about 4-1/2 hilly acres I had been mowing with a tractor I couldn't use after my surgery).
Liked the FasTrak 'cause it could go up and down the steepest hills we had, then turn & go back down at controllable speed; and it was built so wide & low that I could also go across the slopes -- almost like flying a plane in its ability to side-slip. It also handled the weeds, vines, bamboo & even small trees that tried to grow into the grassy areas while I wasn't looking.
However, it is a rough-rider -- your tail is the only suspension system. Also used it to pull a small trailer, 400# roller, aerator and leaf-sweeper on the flatter parts of the lawn.
Based on the one at home, that pretty-much only I operated, can't recommend them enough: GREAT MACHINE!
The one at the Congregation, however, was operated by up to 15 different people, from my 65+ down to 15 year olds with their ear buds. At various times, the wheels on the leading edge of the cutting deck got bent (& re-straightened), discharge chute got so bent it needed heat and and an anvil to fix), platform the seat rests on broke (Hustler provided a strengthened replacement), and even the back plate, where "FasTrak" is cut into the metal, got bent somehow. Biggest problem: Thing "ate" batteries, had to be jump started, and needed dealer repairs & adjustment to control arms & steering, two or three times each year.
Conclusion: TOO MANY OPERATORS for that machine unless you have a chance to train them on how to operate it & monitor them.