With very limited funds, I'm looking at two totally different machines at the same price point. I'm looking for opinions.... Both machines are priced at $2500.00. They are a JD F620 frontmount 20hp, 54" deck, single rear wheel, with 500 hours(unknown what model year) (30 day guarantee), and a new Gravely/Ariens, MZ1540ZT/Mini-Zoom 1540 (Gravely/Ariens are identical machines, other than paint colors). The JD is a full commercial unit with the flip-up deck (seeing it tomorrow, don't know if its a fab deck or the newer 7-iron...don't know which is better), has a much bigger engine and cut, more deck overhang(deck is mounted off-center to the left), shaft drive to the deck, commercial blade speed, and I'm hoping will last me forever on my 3/4 acre lawn (totally level, lots of trees, curved flower beds, multiple wood decks, fences, deep evergreens with grass below, not needles). Machine has been sitting at dealership for about a year. I'm unsure if the JD is actually a "real" ZTR, with that huge wheel hanging off the back. Also unsure if when trying to make zero turns if the back end will swing out and strike stuff like fences, etc... or if it will actually turn within it's own circle. The Gravely/Ariens (G/A) is brand new residential machine with full factory warranty. Probably goes a mile per hour slower, has a smaller mid-mount deck(don't think that the 54" on the JD will have any clearance issues though), almost no deck overhang, slower blade speed, and probably won't last as long(although, I do not truly know if the JD might have been abused. JD unit is at a non-JD dealership. The Original-selling JD dealer is familiar with this particular machine, and says it was traded in to other dealer because previous owner wanted to go with diesel machines which JD did not sell at the time). I'm assuming that the much shorter G/A will be much more maneuverable, and possibly quicker timewise than the JD because of it's smaller size. I kind of like the JD for it's commercial robustness and bigger hp/size, but am weighing it against probably much, much higher JD prices for parts and accessories, with little to no warranty (although dealership is a huge, reputable, farming type dealer...Gehl, Kubota, Cub and others). I like the G/A basically because it would be new and I'd actually know that nobody abused it, along with the multi-year warranty. JD dealer where I'd service it is reputable too(although I've heard a few complaints on their pricing of service and parts). They are a few miles from my house, while the G/A dealer is about 60 miles away in a neighboring state. I have ample, heated indoor storage for either machine. Don't have truck capable of towing trailering either though. Thoughts???!!!???