I have been an observer on this site since last fall, when I started thinking about getting a new riding mower. I built a house on 1.25 acres and would like to get a ZTR for mowing, so I thought it was time to start participating. I have narrowed my search down to two choices. The Country Clipper Jazee One or a Gravely ZT1740. Here are the stats on the two mowers: Country Clipper Jazee One Kohler Courage 17HP 42" Deck Joystick steering Flip-up deck for easy maintenance $3600 (includes mulching kit and hour meter) 2 year limited warranty on mower 3 year limited warranty on frame and deck (including spindles) Gravely ZT1740 Kohler Courage 17HP 40" Deck 2 Stick Steering $3280 (includes mulching kit, hour meter, headlights) 2 year limited warranty on mower The CC dealer is about 1/4 mile from my house. The Gravely dealer is about 25 miles away, which leans me toward the CC. However, The Gravely seems to have more options. The CC does not have a striping kit. The CC seems to have stronger spindles 1-1/8" cast iron vs. 1" for the Gravely and the overall deck seems to be a little more heavy duty and solid on the CC. The Gravely has a lot of optional equipment vs. the CC, though. The CC doesn't even have a striping kit option. I do really like the flip up deck on the CC, though. I did notice that the CC needs greasing vs. the sealed bearings on the gravely mower deck. When I first checked out this website I heard good things about the Country Clipper mowers, but have not seen much talk of them lately. I am having trouble deciding. Any input would be greatly appreciated. I have also checked the Hustler dealer, but they are out of my price range. The lowest priced Hustler he had was $4000. So please don't steer me in that direction. One other option is the Gravely ZT1940, which has a 19HP Kohler Command twin engine. However, it is $3890 with a mulching kit. My wife already thinks I'm crazy spending over $3k for a mower. Any input to help me make this decision would be appreciated.