I have used JD residential mower before I started to cut commercial and they cut like crap for me.
Especially since you are money tight, it's a no brainer to get the Exmark. Wait, I stopped myself in the middle of that sentence.
HOW MANY HOURS DOES THE EXMARK HAVE??
There is an Old Blue Chair for each and every one of us, we just have to find it.
2006 GMC Sierra 2500hd crew cab
BOSS 8'2" Power V
Hustler X-one 60"
Toro Proline 36" wb w/t-bar controls
JS46 22" walk-behind (wouldn't recommend)
Shindaiwa T254, Echo trimmers, chainsaws, pole hedge trimmer, pole saw, hedge trimmer
Shindaiwa 633 and Husqvarna 130BT blower