I saw a John Deere at Lowes today for roughly $1800. That's what got me thinking. At $1,680 a year for mowing, a $1,800 mower pays for itself pretty quickly.
John Deere at Home Depot
Link won't go direct;y to last page of riding mowers
20 HP, 42 inch. George Foster is wrong if he thinks I'm going to do regular mower, did that before I went to mowing service. But he might be right that riding mower might have enough drawbacks, that my vision of a quick 20 minute trip around the yard is a pipe dream.
My yard is level and fairly rectangular. I know I'd have to weed-eat. Thought it was interesting that no one mentioned the "eliminate most of the grass" option. We are empty nesters, so we don't need yard to play in.