I did all the mowing with the 48" rider. It's a pretty tough machine, I've really put it through some rough areas. I just try to keep it maintained well. Every time I finish mowing, I reach up under the deck and pull out all the big clumps of grass. There were some huge chunks in there. It takes me about half an hour to clean it. I do it to keep the rust down from the wet grass.
My wife does push mowing around the houses and the gardens. I don't know how she does it, our grass is often lush and deep, and a bit damp.
I'd rather ride than push mow, but yesterday was rough.
It's only 84 now, but pretty steamy out there. Supposed to have some storms this evening. We could maybe use a bit of rain, some of the taller tomatoes are looking a bit weepy.