I too looked at the Kubota line and like a lot about them but in the end the auto connect and my numerous problem discs won the battle as the wife, ever the economic one, said but the JD and give the $1400 difference to get the deck that doesn't make you crawl under the deck to hook up the PTO!
60" deck, front end loader (quick attach) and a front blade for the snow soon to come. It is a sweet thing to view and now I'm getting used to her. Little grass to mow now but leaves to mulch and snow to come soon enough. I'm busying myself with adding extension wings to the snow blade and fine tuning the seat suspension tile mowing season next spring.
We took several months and set up a spread sheet with pros and cons to each unit but kept coming back to the JD time after time.
Looking forward to learning from the expertise present on this board.