I'm looking for a new tractor mower. I mow around 1.5 acres and about half of it is sloped. My John Deere 265 has about 1500 hours on the meter so it's time to start looking. I'm researching the Kubota GR Series and I thought I'd check to see if anyone had owned one and how it worked out. I understand they had some problems with this series when it first came out but I've been told Kubota has addressed the problem. My main use would be mowing and leaf removal. I have lots of trees and leaf removal is a major deal. I use a cyclone rake on the John Deere and I'm thinking this Kubota model would also work well. I considered a Kubota BX model but I'm concerned it may be too heavy and leave ruts on the sloped areas during wet periods. I already own a Kubota L35 tractor,Loader, Backhoe so another loader bucket isn't needed. However, a smaller tractor with a three point hitch is tempting. I just looked at the John Deere X500 series but it really looks like they've cheapened them down. Lots of plastic and it just looks flimsy. Anyway, I'd appreciate any response from someone who may have owned a Kubota GR.