Hello everyone, finely got around to creating an account, but I've been lurking on the site for awhile now... After years of having an average yard of whatever happens to be green and growing and mowing with an old Murray 42" rider that was given to me I finally decided it was time to get lawn to be proud of and as such, its time to get a mower to go with it and help make it look its best. My current yard is about 1/3 acre, but I do own about 3 acres of vacant lots that we will be building a new house on and need to keep mowed to keep the city off my back. The yards are all flat with the ditches being the only slopes needing mowed. As for the mower itself, I don't have any brand loyalty, but as I told my wife, I want a mower that will leave a beautifully cut lawn and great stripes. Budget wise, I don't really have a set budget yet, but I'm willing to pay for a quality mower that is going to last a long time. I'm sure I'm probably leaving some needed information out, but thank you in advance for any advise.