Well I am in the market for a ztr. I have 1.1 acres of grass, minus the area for the house, to mow. The yard is mainly flat, with a few gentle slopes and the terrain is relatively smooth. Currently with an old 42" Craftsman I can mow the yard, I do not bag it, in about 1.25-1.5 hours (this does not include edging) and I typically mow about every 5-6 days. I would like to get the mowing time down to about 45 minutes or less. The wife said get what I want as long as it is less than $6,000 ( I would prefer to spend less than $5,000). After reading a ton of posts on this forum I decided to rule out the ztrs you find at Lowe's, Home Depot, etc and by a model only sold through a dealer. I want something that has a high probability of lasting 15+ years if properly maintained. This is where the headache(s) begin. There are so many brands and models it becomes overwhelming and it is hard to compare when there are such a large differences in features/specs/$$$$ I thought in order to alleviate this I test drove, or looked at the following today: Exmark Quest 48" deck $4360 delivered JD Z425 $4145 delivered Used JD Z425 with 77 hours with rear bagger and 1 yr warranty for $3060 delivered Hustler Fastrak with 19HP Kawasaki/48" deck $5360 delivered New 2007 Snapper 50' deck (can't remember the model, but I wasn't overly impressed for $3800 + tax. Dealer said it retailed for $5399) Ferris IS 500Z $5699 plus tax - I didn't't drive this one as the dealer said it was overkill for my lawn. Of the machines I drove the Fastrak was hands down the winner. The machine was much easier to operate, more responsive than the others, a thick deck that could be used as bomb shelter if needed and a 4 year warranty to name a few, but with a price of $5360 delivered for a 48"/19hp Kaw. The JD Z425 and Quest seemed to be similar machines, to me anyway, and were comparably priced. I like the Fastrak, but is it really worth the extra $1,000?? Needless to say I think I am more confused now than I thought was humanly possible. Any insight would be appreciated.