Hello everyone, I am new to this site and would like to thank Tom from the Carlisle area for refering me to this site. I moved to the Dillsburg are with my family on 8 acres... a little more land than what I needed... actually a lot more, but the children love it and so does the wife... so I have to be happy about that. The dilema I am faced with is tha I have no idea what machine to buy. I started with looking at the Scag first, I moved onto the Ferris because of the suspension and than in passing the Kubota and most recently the Dixie Chopper. Fro the start I always favored the Scag Turf Tiger because of the Kawasaki engine, the Ferris is great because of the suspension, I think... but the Dixie Chopper is very enticing too because of the 33 HP engine, only it is a Generac Gaurdian engine... not a name like Kohler or better yet Kawasaki.In some ways, I feel the Chopper is over priced sort of, with a roll bar, 72" deck and the 33 hp engine it comes in at $9900. But the machine is just a big box... nuts and bolts... not many, if any at all, bells and whistles. The Scag on the other hand is just at $8500 with a roll bar, a seat that moves foward and backward... the Chopper needs to be unbolted first and than adjusted... it's just too inconvinient... a smaller deck at 61". The Ferris is very expensive... I favor the 5000 model which they tell me is municipal and extreme overkill for 8 acres at once a week cutting maybe 2 during peak. So for price alone, that particular model is out. I would really appreciate any insight any of you can give me. I have no clue which one to buy and likewise with the season almost over, is it better to wait and buy a little later? For now I have been using my churchs' JD tractor and it is okay, but I need a zero turn, I want to spend the better part of my Saturday with the children rather than mowing, I just wish I knew which machine I should by, actually finance. Thank you in advance to everyone who can help me with this overwhelming problem I am faced with.