I had a brand new Craftsman, which in everything but color appeared to be identical to the Husqvarna sitting next to it. Had a 20hp briggs, 42" cut, and a snowthrower attachment. Ran great, let me clear the alley behind my old house, and worked great till my ex wife burned my garage down.
Then I bought a used John Deere LX-176 that was built in 1992. It still runs, has a snow thrower, mows in reverse (the craftsman didn't), and has a 14hp yamaha motor.
If you can find one, John Deere really do last forever if you take care of them.
Otherwise, nothing wrong with the Husq that I know of. Don't know how much snow you get, how long your driveway is, etc, but having a big snowblower attachment is a godsend when you get heavy snow. Get wheel weights, snow chains, rear weights to offset the snowthrower weight to get traction, and you can have your driveway/sidewalk done in minutes. My old house was at the end of a dead end alley, and I'd always get plowed in (IF the city plowed it) and I'd clear the whole alley in about 20 minutes.
That's because they're both made by MTD. MTD makes all the box store mowers, except John Deere, who still makes their box store mowers, only with cheaper parts than the ones you get from the John Deere store.
Honestly, all the MTD mowers are the same junk, but it sounds like for what you're doing, it would be fine. When we bought that last place we had in Oklahoma, I bought a brand new Crapsman (MTD), hydrostatic drive, biggest baddest mower they made, and it was a pile of shit from day 1. After waiting on parts for a week, just to have it break again, I went and bought a real mower. The Crapsman took a little over 4 hours to mow ~ 4 acres. When I brought the Hustler Fastrak home, it took 1 hour and 15 minutes. Money well spent, and the Hustler hasn't broken one single time. I only put about 70 hours on the Crapsman and it broke at least 10-12 times. I just couldn't take it anymore.
Whatever you get, make sure it's hydrostatic drive. IMO it's worth the little extra to have it over the clutch.