Hi, I've been looking to replace a tired, old Simplicity Broadmoor w/16HP Vanguard lawn tractor which just went over 1000 hours--still runs but I'm thinking each mow may be it's last. My yard is only 2 acres, numerous trees and beds to cut around, fairly smooth with a long septic mound which in one spots is probably a 35 degree slope. I also plan to use any new mower to pickup a few similar lawns to maintain after I retire in a few years. So far, because of the many trees and flower beds I have cut around at home, I'm certain a ZTR is the only way to go this time, ideally a 50-54" deck to go between several tight areas. I have several Dealers within a 1/2 hour of home. The brands I've considered in order of interest to me based on the info I've read on this Site or seen on YouTube are Scag, Ferris, SnapperPro, Gravely, possibly Hustler. The latter only because it has rear discharge decks available on some Models so I would not need to add a mulch kit in order to keep clippings out of beds and to recycle them back into soil. At one point I was leaning toward a Scag TC2 Velocity Plus with the Hurricane Mulch Kit but then saw info saying it was not good in Ohio and Pennsylvania grasses, so often wet and dewy a good part of the mowing season....so back to square one, looking for expert advice on best ZTR for mulching from Spring to Fall in the Northeast. I also like the Gravely ProTurn Series 100/200/52". But don't see much on their ability to mulch in this Region. I think theirs in X-factor II deck now, any have anybexperience with them. I see people raving about Corporate support from Gravely, the Company others should copy as a business model. I might get the rest of the season at home out of the old Simplicity, so not in a real big hurry, is it better to wait until Spring Promos, or try to snag one out of a Dealers inventory end of season? Thanks for your advice.