We have just purchased a home on a lake with 2 1/2 acres to mow, mostly in centepede with a gentle slope from the road to the water. Lots of trees to mow around (oaks, pines and fruit trees). Also need to mow around pool and plank walks. I would prefer to bag but that is not an absolute necessity. I have read the posts regarding ZTR's vs Tractors and am still confused. I am prepared to spend 5-6K for a mower but quality and dependability are more important than price. I would consider a low hour used machine if I could verify it's history. I would like it to be the last mower I have to buy. I've looked at deere, simplicity, and walker and on the net at most of the others. Seems they are all the "worlds best mower", I know you all have your favorites and leanings but I am looking for some real hard facts to base a decision on. We live in Birmingham, Alabama. Any and all input is appreciated but no sales pitches please. I anxiously await your replys. Mike T.