I tried to buy a used riding mower but everything in my area was box store machines, completely beat and worn out, and still asking a couple hundred bucks. I ended up buying a S240 also. It checked all of the boxes: Kawasaki engine, grease zerks, pedal layout, and a great local dealer. I think the biggest reason to buy a John Deere is the dealer network. A small riding mower is pretty easy to service at home, but it's nice to be able to get parts easily/locally.
Originally Posted by Black_Thunder
I myself bought a new S240 John Deere last year. I made a compromise between the e-series and the x-series. I wanted a mower better then the e-series but I didn't want the briggs engine that the x330 has the S240 has the Kawasaki v-twin engine which is highly reliable. and it was in my price range. I looked at a few other brands like the Husqvarna and cub cadets and even simplicity but what sold me on the John deere other then the engine was the pedal setup, the other mowers seemed to have the same cheaply designed pedal system that I just didn't care for.