Originally Posted by pcfixer
I appreciate all the input. The meadows are basically grass. We might get the odd sapling but nothing more than a 1/2" thick I would guess. It's been mowed consistently for the last 8 - 10 years, so it's pretty much just grass/some weeds. Although, it *does* grow generally to about 2' high.
It seems though that life has become a bit more complicated. I just talked to a guy with a (guessing) 2007 Exmark Lazer Z, 27hp with less than 500 hours. Unfortunately he's a couple of hours away, so it'll be a few days before I can get over to look at it. He's only asking 4000, and indicated it's in excellent condition.
The Exmark Lazer Z is probably one of the best machines on the market and also said to have the best cut. The Exmark also has a little more HP and probably a Kawasaki engine, the extra HP could come in handy for your tall grass. Is the ExMark also a 60" deck? It is defiantly worth looking at, this machine sounds like it fits you budget better, I hope it is still there when you go to look at it! Look it over well!