I'm a homeowner with 5 acres to mow. Some banks around a pond, but mostly flat. I've narrowed down my choices to a couple of mowers, and would appreciate your input. I'm looking at the 24HP Honda/60" Dixie Chopper and 23HP Kohler/60" Exmark. My goal in this is to make my first (real) mower purchase my last mower purchase (hoping for 25-30 year life). Here are the questions: 1. Most obvious. Why Exmark over DC? 2. How well does the Exmark handle slopes? 3. Would you recommend the 23HP Kohler, or something different, for 60" deck in midwest (Bluegrass)? 4. Same question if using mulching kit? 5. Local dealer showed me the 23HP/60" Lazer Z mower, with a price of $7999 and said that cup holder, deck lift assist, and canister air filter were all add-on options. I thought they were standard now, even by the booklet the dealer gave me. 6. What is MSRP for mulching kit and striping kit for the above machine? I appreciate your input. Thanks, Todd D.