Drive all that catch your eye at Dealers not big box stores. Read reviews of mowers you're interested in. Operate all controls while driving mower. Many Dealers are advertising incentives now at beginning of mowing season. Do not be in a hurry, take your time looking & driving. Let us know which mower you choose, thanks, Mark
I have the Grasshopper with the out front deck and have had it for a little better than 15 years, Had one bearing go bad on front of deck. That's it. Mow 2.5 acres and also have the snow blower attachment. The only thing I changed was the seat, think they have better ones now. I canonly say I have been more than happy with Grasshopper. They are not cheap but after 15 years still running strong.I mow about 5 acres in the hills, but the inclines are not steep at all, could possibly call it rolling hills since I am on top of a ridge.