Bringing this back up... The new grass was planted back in September and has taken off great so the need for a good mower is certainly there and will be looking to buy between now and spring. To update my original post, I would like to keep the budget around $4000, but can go over slightly if its justifiable. We have also sold some of the vacant lots, so I am down to needing to keep roughly 2 acres knocked down from time to time, but we might continue to use a tractor with brush hog for that task. As with the original post, durability and quality of the mower itself are important factors as is the quality of cut and being able to obtain good stripes. Thanks again for your time.