Hi, First-time poster here. I currently have a contractor that mows my 1.25 acre lawn (with lots of landscaping), but for two years he has failed to give me requested bids for landscaping, while continuing to do the landscaping for those around me. Also, it's plainly obvious that his other customers in the area are receiving better service than I am. Frankly, I am tired of his excuses, soured on the whole contractor experience. and figure I might as well do my own lawn from this point on. I believe in spending extra and buying quality, rather than buying a cheaper piece of equipment that will just wear out in a few years. Therefore, based upon what I read in this forum, I went out and looked at several ZTRs and WBs. I have pretty much settled on a Hustler or Scag, as I liked their equiment and the local dealers. For the Scag, I really liked the Tiger Cub. The local dealer quoted $5799 for a 2006 one with the 24 hp briggs and stratton and 48" deck, which strangely was cheaper than any of the other engine choices. For Hustler, I liked the 42" 19hp kawasaki, which was apparently around $5100, though I couldn't get an exact quote. Now, how do these prices seem in comparison with other dealers? Is this type of mower going to be complete overkill for me? I refuse to shell out $3000 for a home depot special, but would I be better off with a smaller Dixon or Hustler pseudo-commercial/residential mower? Thanks!