Hello all, and thanks for such a great forum! I spent hours last night reading after I found it. I am needing (ok, strongly wanting) a new mower. Currently have a Wal-Mart special, SP with rear bag type. I am leaning towards a commercial 2-cycle model, like the Toro series, but WOW! what a price jump! Bear in mind, I am only mowing my own lawn here, no commercial work or anything. But I don't mind so much paying more $$$ for something that will perhaps be the last mower I buy, I just don't want to break the bank with it. I am going to a local Toro dealer today, I have heard their commercial mower is around $1,100 or so. Kinda hurts the head to think I could buy a rider at that price (and lose all that exercise?). Advice on brands/models? Not a large lot, in the city, I think it around 12k sq ft total. Also, (don't throw stones, please fellas, I know youz are pros, is why I am asking) I have this handy Weed Eater brand string trimmer that flips 180 degrees and can be a string edger. Still running ok, but will probably be replacing it this fall. Recommendations here? I see most prefer a straight shaft, though not sure why. I am vertically challenged at 5'5", and the one or three straight shafts I have used in the past seemed too long for me. Thanks in advance for any advice!