That seems like a good option for me, thanks. Am looking to spend less than $3k sorry I should have said that from the get go
I don't mind working on the mower, I just don't want to have to put $500 to $700 a season into it just to get it to limp along. If i put $100 or so into maintenance a year that seems acceptable to me.
By the way I tried a walk behind, and apparently they are designed for short people. I am 6' 4" so I can already tell that would be a nightmare for my back