Hello All, I'd sure appreciate your professional insight regarding the research of my first zero-turn mower. I've been lurking, reading and taking into consideration all the great stuff shared here - thank you! Here's a little background: - fenced 3 acre flat lot (mixed native grass and broadleaf weeds), large garden plot, 15 trees, road "strip" where one side is 40-45 degree pitch. - buying initially for weekly home use. - likely begin using for a little commercial work during summer. - High End Budget - $8500 - Don't have easy access to a trailer/truck at the moment (rebuilding the engine - doh) - so having minimal initial problems is important. Models I'm Interested In: a.) Grasshopper 223-52 - $8250 at local dealer with great service - Kohler Commander Pro 23 HP - G2 Trans b.) Gravely Pro-Turn 100 XDZ - 52" $7500 at dealer 1 hour away with unknown service (30 year business) - 60" $7800 (same) - Kawasaki FX691V 22 HP (on 52") - Kawasaki FX730V 23.5 HP (on 60") - ZT3400 Trans c.) Scag Tiger Cat - 52" $8000 at a Scag "Pro-Gold" Dealer (40+ years in business) - 61" $8500 (same) - Kawasaki FX691V 22 HP (on 52") - Kawasaki FX730V 23.5 HP (on 60") - Trans = 10cc pumps d. Toro Z Master 3000: - 52" @ $7700 at a Scag "Pro-Gold" Dealer (40+ years in business) - 22 hp Kawasaki - 12cc pumps unitized pumps and wheel motors Questions: 1. 52 or 60 inch Deck: Any drawbacks to the 52" deck? I think the 52" is way I want to go. From research, I see where the 60" deck on the Grasshopper 223 would be underpowered (?). 2. Cast Iron Spindles: I like this feature on the Gravely and Scag. 3. Trans & Pumps: How does the Grasshopper G2 stand up to the others? In your opinion, is the Scag system of individual pumps/motor better? From research I found: - ZT3400 (Gravely ProTurn 100 XDZ) Pumps = 12cc - Scag Tiger Cat Pumps = 10cc with individual motor & pump/wheel - Toro 3000 is this the ZT3400? 4. I've read where the Grasshopper deck will clog up in weedy & moist mowing. How are the others? 5. Engines: Any advantage/disadvantage to the horizontal Kohler Commander Pro? Lastly, how concerned should I be with selecting a dealer 1 hour away with the Gravely & Scag? I'm hesitant to buy the Gravely or Scag due to this reason. However, the Scag dealer seemed to be extremely squared away and the Gravely dealer good as well. I'd hate to buy the Grasshopper just because the dealer is 10 miles away too. Help talk this newbie off his ledge before he makes the wrong decision! Thank you for your time and consideration.