Thanks to all for the input on my confused homeowner's post. I have narrowed myself down to 2 machines, a Dixie Chopper Flatlander of the stainless variety with a 60" deck, 22.5hp Kohler and a Grasshopper front-mount with a 16hp briggs, 48" deck. Both units are the same age, shape and price. Mowing about 2.5 acres, I have a desire for the 60" deck; but with the trees, slopes and obstacles involved I can see the benefit of a front-mounted deck. Trailoring doesn't play into the equation, so room is not a consideration. If I could find at least a 54" front mounted mower for the price I'd have my mind made up...... Waddaya think?