I'm another newbie with ZTR questions. I've read a lot of posts but I'm still so confused. I went from .25 to 10 acres when I moved recently and I'm overwhelmed with the diversity of tractors and mowers available. I'll be honest, I'm not really "in" to my lawn. Mowing is a chore to me and I just want to be done with it. My goal is a tidy lawn that isn't overgrown. But I don't need perfection. (Please don't take offense. We all have our things we like to obsess over to perfection. Mine isn't my lawn but I have my own, for example, I've spent an entire Saturday calibrating my TV. ) I'm intending to keep 2-3 acres trimmed and the rest will be cut once or twice a season for hay. Currently it is open field but we intend to plant a lot of trees over time with possibly some more elaborate landscaping. My land is gently sloped except for a small area near the house where they excavated. The most I can rationalize is $4K for maybe a Simplicity ZT or John Deere SST. But how much faster are they going to be over LT's like the Simplicity Regent and John Deere L series? It's not out of the question that I spend $4k but money is tight right now for us and I have to be convinced that I am getting value for that extra money. If we are talking a reduction like 3 hours to 1.5 hours every week for the next 10 years then that's probably worth it. An interesting model was a Cub Cadet RZT 22. A 22 HP twin engine and 50" deck for only $3k? I wonder how they can do that for $1000+ less then everyone else. It makes me wonder whether they made everything else really really cheap so they could bump up the specs that everyone looks at. But maybe it doesn't matter for my modest requirements? Thanks for reading this long message. My head is spinning with all of these choices.