I am quite new here and to ZTRs, so please excuse some fairly basic questions. I have a "country" yard with many weeds, roots, ruts, bare spots, with a little grass thrown in and lots of obstacles to steer around. The yard is about 1 1/2 acres, and I will mow one pass inside the fences of my pastures. I have done some research here and some shopping at local stores. Here is the biggest issue, my wife and I both have bad backs. Given these conditions the comfort of the ride is more important to me than the quality of cut -- it will never look manicured, anyway. I am also concerned about the reliability and quality of construction. I am looking at: Ferris IS 1500Z 48" 21 Kawi $6000 Scag Tiger Cub 48" 19 Kawi (an '07 full model not the promo) $6500 Hustler FasTrac SD 48" 23 Kawi $5600 There may be some room to negotiate on the Scag and Ferris, but I think I am at the bottom price for the Hustler. Is the ride significantly better on the Ferris IS 1500Z than on the Tiger Cub or Hustler Fastrac SD. I understand that the full suspension Ferris mowers are significantly better, but have read that the 1500Z does not have full suspension. Does its limited suspension provide a substantially better ride than the other two. Are flex forks on the Hustler worth the $200? If they are, I am certainly willling to spend the extra $200. By the way, I can demo the Ferris, but can't find a local demo on either the Hustler or the Scag, so a personal test of each is not really an option. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.