Hey - what a great site! I have a new yard that is around 1.5 acre in total size but grass/yard size is only around .6 -.7 acre. For me ... it's a big yard and I need to move away from my little Honda Harmony and buy a ZTR before the grass starts growing! So, I've said my budget is $2500-$3300 approx. I have been really impressed with the Gravelys. After going to look at the Gravelys - again - they had the Ariens out there. (I was a former Ariens home owner lawn mowever back in the early '80s and it was great - so, I have good memories of that brand). So, now I'm considering the Ariens ... and I really don't want to spend too much more than the budget listed. The ARIENS ZOOM 1540 is what I am really considering. The other option that shoots me above the $3K mark is the ZOOM 1740. I want a 40" deck because I have quite a few trees -- and don't want to get too big a deck. Plus, I want to be able to transport this in my pickup as well and I think this size will be ok. So... in your opinions -- would this be a good machine? Should I really consider the Toro Timecutter Z? Those look like the only two that are close in that price range. Reason for the ARIENS - on my list is it has a welded deck, has a KOHLER engine ... Thoughts, opinions ... guidance - really wanted!! TIA.