Still for throwing down $5,000 if your maxed on your cash you should try to get something newer with a warranty. You can get a newer Commercial Deere zeroturn smaller 48 inch deck for low 6 grand range or maybe look into a Toro Titian 48 that would be like 5 grand there with a 2 year warranty or more probaly start you out fine. But try to get something newer to have a warranty especially if your bank is limited with funds right now.
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