Ok, here I am another guy who has a large property to mow. Fortunate for me I make my living not cutting grass all the time, so I don't know about all the issues related to different manufacturers. The question to me is complex, but should have a simple answer. I have $5K. Possibly more (depends on how I spend it) to spend on a ZTR or CUT or possibly a large Lawn and Garden Tractor. I have no pre-formed opinions about any manufacturer as I currently mow with a IH Cub 154 with a 3260 deck. The tractor was built when I was 2. So my experience with current equipment is none. The cub is a 15 horse 4 cylender machine with a 1300+rpm pto. This drives a 60" mower deck. It takes me multiple days to mow my ground (5 acres - house, driveways, and a pond). If I am lucky and spend a large amount of time on the tractor I can burn 8 to 10 gallons of fuel and have everything mowed. This happens about 2 times a year. So I have decided to purchase something that will allow me to complete the task in about 1 day or less. My delima is that I think I would be money ahead to purchase a 60+" commercial rather than a smaller commercial or residential. As you can tell I don't plan on getting rid of what I purchase. I have my opinions about brands just like everyone else, so I am not looking for that recomendation, but rather am I right in thinking that a 60" is better than a 48 or 50? Thanks in advance for your answers. PS the slope I live on is about a grade with the pond being a little steaper. The 154 goes great side to side or up and down on the pond dam (though when the growth is thick, I can kill the tractor on an up cut.