Im researching and shopping for my first zero turn mower. I own an acreage and mow about five flat acres of tree filled bluegrass. Ill also be mowing my parents and in-laws yards. My plan is to buy the most dependable ztr mower for the price and desire a high quality cut. Ive looked at Exmark, Gravely, Scag, Cub Cadet, Grasshopper, Toro, Dixie Chopper, Deere and Kubota. By the way Ive tested a couple of models at my home and have never had so much fun on a mower. The purchase selection is based on quality, price and service availability in our area. Right now the decision is down to an Exmark Lazer Z 72 with a 28 HP Kohler electronic fuel injection engine ($10,250) and a Dixie Chopper Extreme 72 with a 32HP Generac ($9,100). Im leaning towards the Exmark because its quieter, seems to ride better and it seems to be very well engineered, but is it worth it considering its a thousand bucks more than the Chopper? I also plan to purchase the vac kits each manufacturer provides. Dixies Vortex vac kit is $2K, Exmarks Quickdump vac kit is $2,250. The one thing I really like about the Dixie Chopper is the seat. They really got that right. Anyone know if they build it themselves or buy it somewhere else and put their brand on it. Ive reviewed past comments on a variety of mowers on this forum, but could sure use some advice from the pro's in the lawn care business. Does the pricing look fair in comparison to what others are paying for like ZTRs? Which ZTR would you buy and why? Any and all comments related to the Dixie Chopper versus the Exmark are appreciated.