Guys, another new dummy. Great forum, but I need your knowledge. My Honda 3813 tractor just blew and after 15 yrs, too $$ to have fixed->$2k. So, I am looking for a ZTR. I don't want a low consumer model, but can't afford over $5k. Have approx 2-2.5 acres, flat. I've looked at virtually all the ones I can afford (and some I can't), and have it narrowed down (I think) to 2 or 3--Hustler 52" Fastrac w/20hp honda and IZT; Yazoo Mid Max 48" with 18hp Briggs V-twin Intek and Hydro Gear Pumps and Parker Ross wheel motors. My dilemma: I know the Honda engine is better than the Intek, but is the IZT weaker than the separate pumps & motors. They both seem like fine machines (I like some of the xtra features on the Hustler). Both prices are similar, both dealers about same distance-about 15 miles. The sticky spot: my next-door neighbor is a Snapper dealer and has offered me the new FastCut 50" w/20hp Briggs Vanguard and Hydro Gear w/Parker Ross. It's not nearly as heavy and sturdy and has a stamped deck, but it's only for personal use. His shop is about 5 mi. away. Help me guys to make a decision--how do spindles, pumps/motors, and engines compare? Which will treat me better? Forget about my neighbor; I'll buy him a hot dog or something. Sorry for the long post, and thanks for the help from the pros.