This spring I will be buying my first ztr. MONEY is the primary concern. I don't do any "high profile" lawns that require fancy cutting or finely manicured landscape. The people I cut for wouldn't even notice if there were stripes in their lawn. They want it cut, and they want it cut cheap. I want to cut it, and because its so cheap I want to do it FAST. And thats why I want a ZTR...to speed up the process. I expect that I will have between 2,00 and 3,000 to spend. Here is what I have found in that price category. I KNOW that these are not PRO machines. But you gotta start somewhere right? The Ariens: http://www.ariens.com/lawn_products/zooms/zoom_1540/ The Swisher: http://www.samsclub.com/eclub/main_shopping.jsp?coe=0&oidPath=0%3a-23542%3a-38373%3a-38412%3a-38443%3a-38474%3a782971&mt=a&n=0&BV_SessionID=_SC_0043808367.1104332103_CS_&BV_EngineID=cccjadddgkdfkkjcfkfcfkjdgoodflh.0 The Husqvarna: The Northern tool website seems to be down, but they had a consumer model ZTR for around 3,000, i thought. Do you consider any of these good "starter" machines?