This is my first post but I've been lurking for a couple of weeks and am impressed with this site. I'm considering Exmark HP and Lazer AS and also Hustler Z/Super Z and Mini-Z/Super-Mini. This is for my own home so I think a 52" deck is about right. Most of my yard is sloped - from the street to my house and from my house to the top of the property with a couple of terraces. I currently mow with a Toro Lawn Tractor and mow up and down the back yard hill because it is too steep. I have mowed the yard with a Toro 100 series ZTR and when wet the main hill was tough but doable. The yard is just under an acre. Here are my questions: 1) In the Exmark line - The full size Lazer AS with the deeper Unicut Deck seems to be a better deal than the HP. I don't need the built in cup holder and I plan to install the $29 lift pedal. I'd like to hear opinions between these two machines. Capability on hills, reliability and cutting performance. My dealer has a 2004 with the 20hp Kohler for $6000 until he sells it. Is 20hp too small? Dealer says that many commercial guys actually liked the older style controls between the legs because limbs don't knock the throttle down to idle, etc. Also said he had had fewer issues with the older Danfoss wheel motors than the newer Parker Ross ones. Any opinion on this? 2) The Hustler line seems to be an outstanding mower from all indications. Seems to be lots of bang for the buck. I've heard good things about hill holding but would like to hear more and how it compares to each of the Exmarks. I've also heard the cut quality isn't good compared to Exmark but would like an honest evaluation from several of you. Is there a difference in cut quality between the full size hustler deck and the mini-decks? I don't need the speed of the Super Z but like the idea of the better pumps, coolers and suspension seat. The minis with the 52" deck look strong too. Any downsides to drop to the mini vs. full size? Before doing a demo, my only reservation about Hustler is with cut quality. I'd hate to spend so much money and be disappointed with the cut quality. 3) I currently mulch so would like to understand mulching performance between these two. Yard is a bluegrass/turf fescue mix. 4) I do plan to demo but will probably only get to try one Exmark and one Hustler. Thanks in advance for your insights. Having the braintrust of the commercial mowing industry to give advice is good thing since I need to make a decision soon.