I got ~$4,000 to spend(with approval ) Im putting $1000-2000 down and financing the rest, over 12-24 months. I live on the river, have a little over an acre that gets mowed and needs to look good, and about another 1/2 acre that gets mowed about twice a month, doesnt need to look good. I also have a hill maybe 100yds long near the river, with a pretty steep incline(could push mow this). I want a mower that will give me nice stripes for my main lawn. I used to have a JD 125 mower from lowes, and I used to pull a lawn striper behind it which was a pain in the It was like pulling a wagon with you everywhere, but it made decent stripes. I then sold that to a buddy when he bought a new house, and have been using my grandfathers old simplicity broadmore since last fall. Its an early 90's model and is missing a few rollers, but makes decent stripes. The problem with that mower is that burns through about a qt of oil everytime I mow..... So now its time to upgrade! I have a JD, Simplicity, and Hustler dealer all very close to me, and live about 20 miles from Toledo Ohio, where Im sure they have all sorts of dealers. So Im open to suggestions on what I should look for.