I have three acres currently mowed with another three waiting to be incorporated into my lawn. Terrain is not smooth, is rather clumpy with some ruts, roots, and depressions. One significant hill. This forum has already provided real guidance for me in my attempt to find a mower that will not beat me up, that will handle hills, and that will not cost an arm and a leg. I again thank everyone that has offered constructive comment. After a lot of running around in this very rural area, I've come up with four possibilities: - Snapper Pro 200XT with Suspension seat, 28 hp Vanguard, 61" cut ($6850) - Scag Wildcat, 27 hp Kohler, 61" cut ($7699) - Bunton Missile, 26 hp Generac, 52" ($6199) - Grasshopper 223, 23 hp Kohler, 52" ($7699) Interested in operator comments regarding several things: - I've been told by three separate dealers without my bringing the subject up that generally Bobcats/Buntons are very poor on hills and uncomfortable. Indeed, one of these dealers sold Bobcat. The fact that these mowers are now equipped with standard suspension seats suggests that the manufacturer might well know he has a comfort problem. In the field, do Bobcats and Buntons hold hills well? Do they beat you up? - As a practical consideration, will the 61" decks really make a time difference while cutting three to six acres, or are we really only talking about a fifteen to thirty minute average differential? The lawn does have about ten to fifteen trees and flower beds that must be mowed around. - Is that a good price for the Grasshopper? I went to the dealer knowing that this brand would be more costly; however, I admit to being really surprised that the unit I saw was priced at least a thousand dollars more than comparable mowers within other brand lineups with similar engines and decks. I actually had the Grasshopper area rep demo a 220 on my lawn yesterday. That mower could be operated at three quarter speed over my rough lawn without mishap and with real comfort. It also handled the worst of my slope effortlessly. Very impressive. I haven't had as much luck in getting other mowers demoed. The fact that everything has to be transported for at least one hour to get to my house is a strong discouragement for most small dealers. I really have no idea how well the other brands would fare on my lawn. Any general comments about this would also be appreciated. As always, thanks in advance.