Anyone out there know anything about the JD Model 717A Mini Z-Trak Zero Turn Mower? Price paid and how does it compare with other ZTR mowers? We mow 4 acres that is spilt 50/50 improved/unimproved that surrounds a 0.5 acre pond. I have a LT for tractor yard duties and a DR for the woods. My wife wants a ZTR and that's fine with me. The lawn service that mows when I am away uses Kubota ZTRs but they are way too pricey. We don't want used equipment. My wife sees the ease and speed that these guys do our yard and would like to be able to do the same. We have good support from the local JD dealer. Other options in my small town are Toro, Ferris, Husqvarna and Simplicity. I will be visiting these two places in the next week or so. The prices for both the Ferris IS1000 and this JD ZTR are about the same with a 48" deck. I don't want to go much wider/heavier as we have two bridges that I don't want to replace! The other brands have smaller decks and are half the price... What's up with that? I like to buy local and will do so rather than try to chase down a dealer for another brand that is not locally supported. When you see the local dealers in town, it is nice to have them know that at least if you did not buy from them, you bought from the "other guy" down the road.