I am looking at a walk behind for residential use. I currently live in a rental house and it takes 3 hours to mow my lawn with a 21". I am building a house on a 2 acre lot on a pretty good slope, about 1.5 acres or more will be grass. The grading hasn't been done yet but it should take care of a good bit of the side to side variations in slope however the front to rear slope will always be there. I found out from reading that ZT's aren't the best when using on slopes, especially if you're a newb who's never used them. Besides my budget would only allow me to get a cheaper Home Depot Toro. I have a budget of about $3k which I know isn't much. I am looking at a 48" Dixon Walkabout Hydro. My step dad has a $6k+ dual hydro Dixon ZT and loves it so thats why I started with the Dixons. The only thing that makes me wonder is that from what I've read here Dixon doesn't have the best buzz ever, that could be because even though they're called commerical they aren't up to the grade that some brands are. I'd like to stay away from the used market so from what I found that either leaves me with a hydro drive 48" Dixon or possibly a 48" belt drive from a better brand like Exmark, Scag..... If it helps I hope to buy a 2 wheel Velke sulky to ride on when possible. Thanks in advance for any advice.