I cut a few acres of grass at my place with three pieces of equipment all of which have some weaknesses; If possible I'd like to eliminate a piece or two of equipment and spend no more than $1500 to get myself the proper equipment to do the job. Here's what I have and what I use it for. I'll ask some questions at the end 1956 850 ford tractor. I use this to pull a 6' bushog mower. After about a half hour of operation the hydraulics start to sag and adjusting the height becomes a constant problem. Also it's about as big as the tractor can handle and the tractor overheats in a half hour or so. Otherwise I'm happy with the quality of the cut for about 2 of the acres I cut once a month or so. 4" to 6" high grass is OK in this area. 1970's gravely walkbehind with 30" mower I use this on the areas connecting the bigger grassy area described above to the formal part of the lawn around the house. It's weaknesses are a oil consumption approximately equal to its fuel consumption. Because of the oil use and smokiness I can only use it when the house windows are closed. 1980's 21" lawnboy push mower I use this up close to the house. I have a rough stone foundation and no flower beds near the house so I'm cutting right to the edge of the house with this. The house is on a mound so some of the terrain is a little hilly. I've looked ionto the following 48" walk behind mower (ExMark Metro 48") The problem with this is cost (About $2,000) and the fact that I don't think I could operate it close enough to the house (since it works like a zero turn) Finish mower for the Ford - a 6' one would have wheels on all four corners so my weak hydraulics wouldn't be as much of an issue. It has 3 high speed blades so it would make a nicer cut than the bushog and uses less horsepower so the tractor might not heat up much. Drawback is $2400 cost 26" Exmark self propelled mower. This is nothing more than a professional quality self propelled lawnmower. It's size would allow it to replace both the 21" lawnboy and the 30" gravely. It's drawback is the $1,400 price. Finally my 12 year old is beginning to cut grass and my 8 year old is expressing interest. If possible I'd like the dream machine I'm asking you to recommend to be relatively simple to control and operate. I believe my less frequent and higher grass levels "country cutting" is what I want to do but that eliminates some of the cheaper suburban options I think. Your advice/suggestions please.