Hi all, I just joined the site and hope some of you more knowledgeable can give me some advice. I recently moved from a home with a relatively mildly sloped 0.22 acre yard to a new home with an estimated 2 acres out of 4 acres to be mowed. The grassed acreage is old cow pasture according to one of my neighbors. I know it sure is a bit rough when I cut it last week with my Husqvarna RZ4623 ZTR. It actually made my shoulders hurt after cutting. It took about 2 hours and I was bounced around pretty good. The main reason for this post however is my concern about the slope on the back of the grassed area. The majority of the slope isn't too bad but the back 15-20 feet gets a bit steeper and I've measured it at 14-degrees. After 3 tries I learned that I can go slow and cut the slope going straight up and down the slope on the largest section that is more open. The part behind the house around the deck and far corner of the house is a little more challenging. I'm having trouble getting the mower turned around at the bottom of the slope (anywhere along the slope at the bottom) to come back up because the mower breaks traction no matter how easy I am with the controls. I've checked all tires and set them at the manufacturer spec'd 15psi. I tried my dad's John Deere Z425 on it last fall and it felt a lot more stable. I think it's because it is bigger and has much larger tires. I only tried it once but it seemed to turn okay at the bottom of the slope. So, that's all the background info. I'm now trying to figure out what mower I should buy with a max budget of $5000-$5500, or if it's even necessary to spend that kind of money. The closest dealer I have besides Lowe's (where I got the Husqvarna) sells Exmark, Husqvarna and Ferris. About the same distance is Cub Cadet but I don't hear great things about them from dad as his first ZTR was a cadet and he replaced the same drive part on that one 3 times in 2 years with only residential use. I think the other dealers that are all around 30 min away include Hustler, Gravely, Deere, Bobcat, Kubota, and others. There's pretty good variety with a little drive. I talked to the owner of the closest dealer selling Exmark, Husqvarna and Ferris and he recommended the Ferris is600z because of the suspension. He said the suspension should help with traction and smooth the ride. I just can't afford to spend $5000+ not knowing for certain whether it will work or not though. He wasn't really willing to come try the slope out with his to be certain. My dad's JD z425 recently burned to the ground when his wife got it too close to a burn pile that was on fire He test drove a couple different brands and bought the Ferris 600z but having used it only once he's not sure he's happy with it saying it "feels" less stable on his slopes mowing sideways than the Deere was. He hasn't broken traction though. He thinks it may be because the seat sits higher on the Ferris and maybe he leans more because of the height and the suspension. I haven't had a chance to try it yet but plan to. Should I stick with a zero turn? If so, will any of the larger or semi-commercial units handle this 14-degree slope well? Or, should I get a lawn/garden tractor? I've never had one of those. I just want to be safe first, efficient second. Thanks!