I am looking at buying a ZTR before next spring, so I looked at all the available local brands yesterday hoping to find some end-of-the-season deals. I would appreciate your opinions on what is available locally. I can buy a demo Brush Hog 20hp 52 with a Kohler Command engine and 14 hours for $4800. They also have the same mower with a Honda engine and 30 to 40 hours for $5000. They have a 1 year warranty. The mower looked pretty heavy duty, but it has really short rear tires. I also looked at the Kubota ZG20 with a Kohler 20 hp and 48 cut. It is brand new for $6050 and 0% financing for 36 months. Next is Cub Cadet. The dealer has a M48 Tank that is a loaner to their commercial customers when their mowers were in the shop. It has 36 hours, I am almost certain it has a Kawasaki engine, but I dont remember what horsepower it is. All the Cub Cadets also have 0% interest for 36 months. The same dealer also has the Z-Force 50 with a 23 hp Kohler Command engine for $3900, and it is new. The local Snapper dealer has a 48 with a 21 hp Briggs Vanguard, new, for $5000. I didnt get the model of the mower, though. The owner was out of town, so Id have to talk to him Tuesday about possibly getting a better deal on his last one of the year. There is a John Deere dealer and a Skag dealer here, too, but I cant afford a $7000 mower. All other dealers are 25-45 miles away. I am a homeowner, with 4 places to mow with the total area being around 4 to 5 acres. Is there one brand of mower to stay away from? What about engines, which one is the best? The Hustler web site shows a local dealer, but I am pretty sure they dont stock any mowers, they are a tractor dealer and I think they must have gotten a dealership for their own use.