Greetings all, I am hoping you lot might be able to sway me one way or the other with by purchasing decision. We have moved onto 10acres which is mostly horse paddocks, a mix of flat ground and gentle slops around 20-25degrees. Generally good ground, but the occasional root, rock and fallen branches. Also lots of tress to mow around. The horses do a great job maintaining and I reckon i'll spend around 50hrs a year mowing it. (9 months of the year its mowing the tops of the weeds off, the other 3 months when it rains, the grass does thicken up) I have been using a Husky 2042 which I hate and is a totally under powered and takes forever to mow. (which it does not to well!) I have decided on a zero turn and the budget is around $10-12K AUD. If there is a root or stump to hit - I seem to find it, so my mower needs a thick skin! LOL I have narrowed it down to 2 mowers. A Hustler Heavy Duty Super Track, or KUBOTA ZG227 both with decks around the 54", both around the 11k to12k mark. Correct me if I am wrong but a 54" seems to be the sweet point from what I have read on the forums. I like the Kubota with a deep 6" deck, and it looks super strong. Also has a shaft drive and the added bonus of a brake! which no other model seems to have. Nice strong chassis, hydralic lift deck etc. Test drive was comfy and easy to drive - but downside is they seem to sit a bit higher and be bigger all round compared to the hustler. They seem get excellent reviews in general. Its the one I am leaning towards In comparison the Hustler is belt driven which people seem to rate as second best to a drive shaft?? they also just don't seem quite as strong or beefed up in general. (about 100kg lighter) Any suggestions for pros and cons from those that have had them? I have ruled out the Walker as it seems to be more orientated to nice big lawns. And in the land of Oz parts are expensive. Also looked at the John Deere range, but was put off with belt drives and the decks didn't seem like they would have a long life with me. Any suggestions or advise welcome.