I am in the market for a new mower for some property I just bought. I have been searching this forum for a bit and have found some real good advice, but nothing that quite matches my situation. My land is just over 8.5 acres. About 3.5 acres are "lawn" and the remaining is pasture. There are a large number of trees on the lawn, very few in the pasture. All 8.5 acres are relatively flat. The mower must keep the lawn well manicured and deal with the pasture every month or two. We plan on living here for 10+ years and if we moved it would probably be to someplace with just as much land or more. I've looked around at some used equipment, searched nearly every manufacturers website. I'm looking at several commercial mowers because I don't want a POS that is going to break with less than a year of service (been through that with a small lawn tractor mowing a single acre). I also don't want to spend 12 hours every Saturday mowing. But on the other hand, I don't want to go overkill either. Now, in the ZTR market is there something in the residential line that will handle my needs or do I need to stick with commercial? All the brands have their strengths and weaknesses, but are there any I should absolutely stay away from? I'm worried about the dependability of something I buy from Lowe's/Home Depot. I've got dealers for most of the major brands around here although I know nothing about their service/reputation so my decision isn't affected very much by that. Price of all the offerings seem close enough that I'd rather get a quality machine than worry about a couple hundred dollars this way or that. Would I be better off with a brushhog for the pasture and a smaller ZTR for the lawn? I think the number of trees prevent me from using a finish cut deck with a tractor for the lawn. Sorry for the long post, I was hoping to get as much information to get the best help. Am I just trying to justify the commercial mower when a residential one is fine? Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.