Hey all. I planted a pile of trees all over the place this spring so I have many more obstacles to deal with when I cut now. I have been thinking about a zero turn for a few years and now I'm at the seriously thinking about it stage. I'm looking at the Z540R or the Z535R. I used to mow with a 318 garden tractor which was a great mower. Then I bought my 1023E and had the 54D and it cut fine. I switched to a 60" rear groomer and its been really good to. For the record. The rear groomer cuts better than any mower I've ever used. All of them cut well, but all of them had/have their own specific precision and mobility challenges. So I've kinda done the goldielocks thing and tried about every kind of porridge there is except the zero turn flavor. Now with lots of new trees and gardens added in various locations. I think a zero turn, might finally be what I need to mow better and faster than I could with any other machine I've used. So that's the back story. Green paint is my preference so I'm leaning that way. I'm not spending silly money a new commercial unit or anything. That said. Even the Z500's ain't exactly easy on the wallet either. But I want something that has a little more to it than the Z300 series . Don't get me wrong. The Z300's seem to be very stout units as well. I wondered if any one here has any experience with the Z540R or the Z535R?. Being a "residential" zero turn. They do appear to be a decent compromise between commercial grade equipment and residential. Up here in Canada. I'm looking at about $8500 after tax for a Z540R with the rebate JD is offering. That is the tippy top of what I'm willing to spend on a mower. I'm sure some might suggest buying a used higher end unit. But I prefer to buy new cause' I just don't want to deal with reliability issues or getting a "good deal" only to have to drop big dollars two months later when a major system fails or something. Anyway. I just can't seem to find much real world info on these Z500 series units (specifically the Z540R & the Z535R) on line anywhere so any thoughts or opinions are appreciated!