My wife and I are young new first-time homeowners. We had a home built and it just finished. It sits on just a tad under 2 acres. Our budget is $3k or under as this will be our first mower we have ever owned. We have a zero turn commercial grade mower at our family farm and we love the way it mows. My father has offered to give us an old Craftsman rider but I think going the zero turn route is better for the long term. We are in East Tennessee so our mowing months are a little longer then up North but nothing like they are in Florida. We would probably mow once a week. So from what I've picked up on these threads so far is to stay away from Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears, etc. With that said, I have a Gravely dealer right down the road from me. I also have a Toro & Cub Dealer about 15 min away. Every other dealer is an hour away. I really like the Hustler Raptor but knowing the dealer is so far away scares me. I did stop by the Gravely dealer and even though I'm not familiar with them they look like really nice mowers where-as the Cub looks pretty cheaply made. So, given the choices, which would you go with? Gravely ZT(50 inch deck, 23hp Kawasaki) Toro TimeCutter(50 inch deck, 23hp Kawasaki) Cub Cadet(50 inch deck, 24hp Kohler) Hustler Raptor(52 inch deck, 23hp Kawasaki) All your advice and input is helpful. Thanks!