I have been going over these forums for a few weeks to help me try to pick out a mower. I'm building a new home and have 3.6 acres that is all open with slight grades. I have two months until it's complete and the grass starts growing. I first started out with a $3,000 buget and was looking at a cub cadet. After more looking and reviewing, it seems I need to upgrade quit a bit to get a QUALITY mower. Now I'm looking to buy in the $5,000 to $6000 range with tax(NO HIGHER!!!!). Right now my main choose is the 06 Ferris IS 1500. I've been quoted a cash price of $5700 ($6000 even w/tax) for a 48" 21hp kawa. Have not test drove any mowers yet, only done the specs comparison. Need to know if this is the best mower for this price range or if there anything else out there that may work for me better for the price. I also looked at Simplicity Citation. Same as Ferris but has 21hp Vanguard, stripe rollers and headlights but no two stage air cleaner. If anyone can give me some information it would help a lot.