I maintain about 2.5 acres around the house. Gently sloped multiple garden beds, mature trees, gravel drive, Belgian blocks, etc. There's a bent grass croquet court that I use an old Toro reel type on, cut at about 3/4", but the edges get cut with the rider. The base of the lawn is not as smooth as I wish.
It is too time-consuming, and general pia to mow with a garden tractor. Too hard to steer, too much circling and backing up, etc. Kills my wife's shoulders as well.
Because the lawn base is rough, it is hard on equipment, as it slowly gets rattled to pieces. I keep the air pressure pretty low in the tires, but after about 12 seasons, whatever I'm using is just worn out. And, it is hard on the spine to be beaten on 3 hr/wk cutting grass for 15 -20 weeks straight. Mine or her's.
So, I'm looking at light commercial mowers with a good cut and good suspension for routine mowing. Maybe 75 running hrs/yr. Don't need 10-gallon fuel capacity. But do need filters.
Does anyone have any insight on these mowers
Lowes has a Husqvarna with a rear bagger and reinforced deck, but it's rigid mounted, and that's what we've beat to pieces in the past. And Rigid mounted decks are rattly and squeaky. But, if it'll last 25 years, I'll consider one.
For you lawn aficionado's, What are you using, and what do you like?