Hello I have been browsing the forum for the last few days. I just purchased a home and need to mow about 2 acres. It's mostly flat and has just a few trees. I was all set to buy an Ariens HVZ from a local dealer when I decided to stop in at a closer hardware store. The carry Dixon products. To me the Dixon 50 looks a lot stouter then the Ariens model. The Dixon is more expensive but it looks like it was built to last. The Dixon has the 25 hp B&S and the Ariens has the 23 hp Kohler. Even the Ariens 2548 didn't look as nice as the Dixon unit. I have a Toro push mower with a B&S and that has never given me any problems and starts on the first try. I've read people say don't buy Dixon but no one has any good reason why not to (other then the buy out) . I had a guy cut the grass and he wants to sell me some 72" commerical unit. I don't know how much or what it is but he says he has to fix a few things so I think I may stay clear of that. Plus it would mean losing a parking space in the garage probably. Also the hardware person with the Dixon products was much friendlier and more customer service oriented then the other one. The other thing is I don't know anything about taking care of grass. I lived in Arizona for a long time and never has much grass to take care of. How high should the mower deck be when I cut? Do I need to worry about fertilizing or reseeding? Anything else I need to research or know about? Whatever the guy cut my grass with left nice stripes. This is all new to me so I'll soak up any advice.