I've searched the threads and found some good info, but for my specific case, I'd like some input. A few (10-12) trees, bumpy in spots, and one small, steep slope next to our driveway (that I can do with a push if neccessary). We have a fairly large deck attached to the house, so I'd say mowing area is only about 1.25 to 1.5 acres. Right now, I have a White Outdoor rider with a (I think) 38" deck and 13.5 hp engine. I'd like to speed up the cutting time on our next mower, and am wondering if a zero turn is worth it, and more importantly the deck size. At present, I may be limited in deck size, anyway, due to the width of my utility shed door (only have about 3 or 4 inches to spare with the current mower), but I can address that if I need a bigger deck. Got an Exmark/Hustler dealer about 7 miles from my house that I also have bought 3 Stihl products from (and the White outdoor rider 4 years ago), and they are outstanding. They no longer sell White outdoor or any other riders/lawn tractors. So, given those two brands, do I invest the extra $$$ in a zero turn, or just go to Home Cheapo and get a JD rider with a wider deck than I have now for much less? Thanks for answering question 9,549,390 about mowers in this forum.