Hello, I'm looking to buy a tractor/mower for my home. I currently have less than an acre to mow, on land which is very flat though somewhat bumpy in a few places. A few trees to get around, but not wooded. I currently push mow it with a 21" 6.5hp Toro (which has been great for 3 seasons now). The upside is that I get some exercise; the downside is that it takes me 2+ hours to complete the job including mowing and trimming. I think the commercial machines are overkill for me, and I'm not prepared to spend $4000+ on a lawn mower at this time. So I've been looking in the $1500-$3k range. I'd like to get something made in the USA, if possible, but I'm not particularly set on a specific brand at this point. I've done a lot of searching online, including here. I'm comparing specs, reading reviews, and so forth. On Saturday I stopped by my local Simplicity/Snapper/Scag/Grasshopper/Toro dealer and checked out the new Simplicity Regent. It was a pretty nice little tractor. I really like the full floating deck and the relative ease with which it can be attached and removed. I also like that you can enable mowing in reverse once per ignition cycle, instead of having to push a button each time (as it seems the Deere 100 series require). I like that it has grease zerks for the blades, the spindles, and the wheel hubs (as did the Deere L150 I looked at last night). But the price is a little stiff: $2700 for a 22 hp/44" deck, or $3k for a 24 hp / 50" deck. Both have the Tuff-Torque K46HD drive unit. Can you typically haggle on price at an equipment dealer like you would at a car dealer? Or is it pretty much MSRP-only? I also took a look at the Craftsman website (I know, I know...). For money similar to the Regent yard tractor, one can get into an entry level garden tractor from Craftsman. 26 hp, 54" deck (which I know I don't need, but my next home might have acreage...). 11 gauge frame with 10 gauge deck, vs. 12 gauge frame / 11 gauge deck on the Simplicity Regent. The Craftsman has 23" tires vs. 20" or 22" on the Regent. It also can supposedly support ground engaging attachments. This makes me wonder what hydrostatic drive unit is on the big Craftsmans (like the DSG 6500). Tuff Torq's website would make me think that the Craftsman must have a K62 or K66 unit (or something similar), as the K46 and K57 are not intended for the larger tires or ground engaging. I guess the point is, if I'm going to spend $2500+, I could get a Simplicity which is a (nice) yard tractor with a cool deck and the full width rollers. Or I could spend a similar amound and get what seems to be a beefier tractor, with a heavier frame, thicker and bigger deck, and apparently a bigger hydro drive. But it has the Craftsman name, which is often disparaged here as "Crapsman" and such...OR, if I don't need the beefier frame and drive unit, I can spend $1800 on a Craftsman with a 12 gauge frame, or $2500-$2700 on the Simplicity... So, who makes what? Where are the Craftsman yard/garden tractors made? Does anyone know where to find specs? I've not made it to the Sears store yet, so I'm hoping - but doubting - that they have more detail than what is on the Craftsman site. Finally, what about Toro? I've heard they don't make their own tractors anymore, but I don't know what that means. They aren't shown as an MTD brand (like Cub, Yard Machines, White, Bolens, etc.). Toro's website shows some beefy looking yard/garden tractors, including some that are belt/variable pulley driven. I've driven some light yard tractors with the pulley setup, and they respond pretty nicely, but I wonder about longevity. Which requires more maintenance, a hydro drive or a belt drive? If it's just a matter of changing the belt every few years or so, maybe a belt is a good way to go? So many questions, I know. Any thoughts or feedback is appreciated. And I've seen the "buy a used commercial" suggestions, which I wouldn't rule out, but I'd like to get something soon, so waiting for the right deal to come along is a bit iffy. Plus I'd have no idea how well the unit was maintained and so forth... Thanks for any input!