I've become interested in small-lawn, high-efficiency mowing lately. I'm going to start working on a business plan that I'll probably implement when I graduate from college (2 more years) with a marketing degree. I've been looking for mowers that would fit the bill for the lawn sizes (roughly 1/4 acre) and be highly efficient. I realize there are quite a few options and I'd like to get some opinions, preferably from people who have actually owned or demoed different mowers in this size. Here is a short list of some of the mowers I have found that fit this category: Walk Behinds: Any 36" dual hydro from a major manufacturer Quick 36 Ferris HydroCut Standers: Wright Gravely/Great Dane Any others? Zero turns: Exmark Phazer Gravely 34Z (fastest--10mph!) Hustler FasTrak Super Duty Scag Freedom Z (36" projected availability for 2008, not sure if it is out yet or not) Bob-Cat Fast Cat (slowest--7mph) I may have missed a few, but this is what I've seen so far. Without actually trying any of these machines, I would guess the zero turns would be the most efficient because of their speed and reduced fatigue. The standers should be pretty close or maybe even better, I don't know. The least costly, but perhaps least efficient, would probably be the walk behinds. One other issue to consider: I'd like to be able to transport the mowers in a Ford Ranger with the original bed and a tailgate replacement ramp like this: http://www.tailgateramps.com/ The ramp is rated for 1350lbs. The zero turns are all less than 750lbs, so the ramp should be able to handle the weight. I don't want to do trailers as they add inefficiency--less fuel economy, more weight, less maneuverability, more liability, another tag and tax, etc. Depending on dimensions, I may need to put a landscape body on the Ranger for additional length and width for other tools/equipment. I know I have good local dealers for Exmark, Bob-Cat, Hustler, Gravely, Ferris, maybe Wright, and maybe Scag. The maybe's are because there are dealers near me, but I'm not sure how good they are.