Howdy all! First of all, let me say as a new poster that this is an excellent board! Great source of information! I have already leaned a lot just by doing a few searches. First, before I ask my question, I want to offer a little pertinent background info. I am a homeowner, so please excuse any ignorance displayed about commercial mowing equipment. I have about an acre of grass to cut - fairly level, but with quite a few trees and other obstacles like fences, walkways, etc. I have started searching for a good used mower to cut this with. Since we just moved and have a kid on the way in July I have to watch what I spend. Like most homeowners, I started out with the intention of getting a used rider, something like a Craftsman or a Murray. After talking to some folks who mow commercially, I realized that I can probably get the job done a lot faster with a decent commercial-grade walk behind. Which brings me to my question: I recently came across an old (about 12 years) Bunton - not sure of the model, but it is a 36" hydro with a 16HP Briggs Vanguard. It belongs to a friend's employer - he is the maintenance man for a local hospital, and he mowed their property with it. It is a little rough - belts on the deck are fried, and it hasn't been run in probably a year. Probably needs all of the basic maintenance in addition to the belts. We tried to start it, but were unable to get it to catch (pull start). Might need a carb kit - and I'm sure the gas in it was junk. His boss is offering it to me for $400, and he says that he will knock off whatever it takes to get it serviceable, within reason. I assume that to mean up to $150 or $200. Sounds like a decent enough deal, but a couple of repair shops have advised me against it. They said that these old Bunton's are getting hard to find parts for - kind of like fixing up an old car, they say. What are your opinions on this mower? I have always thought that Bunton was pretty well-regarded. Is tehre anything that I need to watch out for regarding Buntons or Briggs Vanguards? Also, I am going to try to look at a 7-8 year old Exmark 48" belt drive, 17HP (I think) Kaw. The guy is asking $700, says it need belts. This also sounds like a pretty good deal, if I can get to it. Maybe I should buy both! Thanks in advance for any help you all can provide!!