I posted this in a different forum and realized this is probably a better place. Here's the deal - I am not in the business, but I only like to buy decent equipment and I didn't know who else to ask. I'm buying a house with a 1 acre lawn. I have a standard push mower - an Ariens 911 - and I have a feeling it will take me a lot longer than I want to spend. I saw an ad for a 2003 48" belt drive Scag with grass catcher for $2300 with 60 hours on it. Ad also says it has a thatcher attachment, but I didn't see a thatcher listed on Scag's site - maybe he meant mulcher. First, is this way overkill? I have to use something, and I'd like to be done in less than an hour. I was originally planning on a 36". Second, is this a ripoff, fair price. great price? Third, I'd probably keep this in my garage, but the house has a deck, and the previous owner kept his mower under it - at the back of the deck there is a section where the house is on pillars, so it's actually under the house. It would be dry, but still subject to New England moisture from snow and rain. I assume keeping it there would be a total mistake, right? Thanks for letting me post here.