New here... and seeking good advice from professionals who can help me make an educated decision. Not looking for arguments between those that are so brand loyal that they can't be at least a little unbiased. First of all when it comes to cost I am not against spending the money on the upper tier zero turn mowers out there. I just don't want to spend 10 - 12 grand when I can accomplish the same thing with a 5 - 6 - 8 grand mower and it last just as long. By the way I am pretty meticulous when it comes to the maintenance and up keep for any of my equipment. I will be cutting approx. 7 acres that are relatively flat a week (between my yard and parents yard) and would like to get it done in 2 - 3 hrs. I assume that I should get a 60" or 61" deck. The dealers that I have to choose from are all about an hour away and I have SCAG, Gravely, Hustler, Bad Boy, Ex Mark, & JD to choose from. What are you guys thoughts on brand/size mower, brand/size engine, size of deck, and potential long term fuel costs. Also when is the best time of year to purchase a new mower, I really would like to buy now but could wait if it would benefit me Money wise! I genuinely need advice here and would appreciate any help. Thanks in advance!