Hello. I have been planning and researching (here & there) ZTRs for the past year...mostly reading posts her at LS. I have an acre (mostly flat/rolling w/trees, beds, etc.)& may do the occassional neighbor or possibly pick up a couple properties here and there. I had previously pondered entering the lawn biz, but have reconsidered. I had been set on finding a previous year ExMark HP or even CT. Well, these are no longer in my budget (the price just keeps climbing fast on these puppies & my income is more unpredictable...also needing to find a good ole minivan to haul the 2 little girls around in. ), so I am looking at something a bit less expensive. Used commercial machines would be great, but they are difficult to come by and to know how they were maintained when you do see them. I believe I am interested in a homeowner/estate size model from a respected commercial manufacturer. I do not want a res. cub from say Lowe's or Tractor Supply. I liked the CT, but the local dealer has them at $5800. The other ExMark Dealer is dropping the ExMark line due to pricing and margins, replacing them with Gravely. I saw their new @home models, which look to be well constructed for a high-end homeowner/low-end commercial model. The 2148 & 2352 come with Kohler Command Engines which seem to be a good match for the deck sizes. The biggest concern I have is that the decks are shallower, though welded and very similar in shape to the commercial decks. The long-time rep. touted the standard mulching baffle system & blade tip speed as providing a cut quality comparable to the ExMark. I am a bit concerned with clumping & mow-speed. Will I really be able to mow close to the 6-7mph with a quality cut? I also liked the ease of maintenance and access to major parts/systems. They have an economy model with the 17HP Courage & single pump, but I'd prefer the heavier duty & more HP. After reading other threads, and looking at the Hustler site, I am interested in checking out the FastTrak also. However, I see that on the high end, you get only an 18 or 20HP with the 52 & and 16/18 with the 44. The FastTrak seems to be better built with a better looking deck & frame, but is the HP sufficient? I have UG sprinkling & fertilize, so it tends to grow quite fast. I realize the Gravelys @Home are new models and there may not be much experience with them. I'd like to stay around $4,000. Other factors are size to fit in 1/2 stall of garage with the usual assortment of family goods, durability, quality of cut, cut time, & ease of maintenance. I have been borrowing the out-laws 23HP Kawi 48" Husqvarna Garden Tractor for the past year, which does fine, but is not very maneuverable. I'm hoping to cut my mowing time in half. I would often have to do a 2nd pass over much of the lawn too. I appreciate your expertise as yet another confused homeowner who probably overanalyzes the whole process. I have some sort of sick fixation for this stuff though.