Hello all, I'm seeking a new piece of equipment for the three acres that I mow. Here is some information about me and my yard. I use zero chemicals and do not water my yard. I do not really care what it looks like, I just like to keep a few acres short to give my kids and dogs lots of room to run while minimizing the likelihood of ticks and snakes. I want to minimize my time commitment; if I thought that raising sheep took less time than mowing grass I would do that. I've investigated alternative ground covers, but all the articles I found on the subject were targeted at people with 500 square foot yards and seemed higher maintenance that what I want. I'm in WV (aka "The Mountain State"), so I have to deal with slopes. I mow a quarter acre that's flat, two acres that's at 15 degrees, half an acre that's at 20-25 degrees, and a quarter acre that's at 30+ (which I will continue to push mow). All these angles have been verified with an inclinometer resting on a 2x4, so this isn't the normal eyeball method that results in people calling a 15 degree slope a 45 degree slope My property is extremely rough and rutted. If I try to go cross slope on my Craftsman LT (42" deck) at anything other than a snail's pace it gets a little sketchy (yes I do have wheel weights). My property slope faces north and is a mix of sun and shade. My property is tough to mow, or at least I think so. It takes me seven hours currently; five riding, one pushing, and one string trimming. I have about 120 trees/obstacles to cut around, a dozen or so bushes/trees to mow under, a few dozen inside corners, and generally it's a big PITA. At first I was considering a SCUT, like a Yanmar or Kubota BX, but I don't think that gives me any new capability, just a bigger deck (and bigger turning circle). My heart was set on a tractor, but my brain said that 90% of my equipment seat time will be spent mowing, so I should buy a mower, and I can use the $8,000 I save to pay someone else to dig ditches or move rocks. So, what would you buy? My current favorite is a Grasshopper 623t with 52" deck, performance package, and powerfold deck. But, man do I feel like a chump spending 9.9k(cash price) for a mower for just my three acres... I'm willing to part with the money though if it's the option that will allow me to keep three acres mowed with the minimum time commitment (obviously hiring someone is the least time intensive but I'm not willing to spend that much). So, what do you all think? Is there some other equipment or alternative method (e.g. ground cover) that will allow me to keep three acres short for less money or less time commitment? Thank you all for your time and attention.