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Purchase advice for a rookie

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I'm new to garden tractors and am looking to purchase one for use on 3 acres of mildly hilly land with not many trees. Any advice on recs for deck size, HP needed or any other options I should look for? Do zero turn models have any utility on hilly land and are they able to have accessories like carts, fertilizers or aerators attached? Any advice on brands or models would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying to avoid having the Ferrari of garden tractors when a Ford would work. Thanks.
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Right now the main tasks would be mowing, using a plug aerator and fertilizing. I don't anticipate using it for a whole lot more than that in the future either. The property is mostly developed except for some wild areas that nothing short of a mountain goat would be able to safely navigate and trim. Would like to stay under 2500 if possible. The only thing I have really looked at have been the models carried at Lowe's and Home Depot (Husqvarna, Cub Cadet, John Deere, Troy Bilt, Ariens). As far as time spent on yard work...I'd rather not be out there for 6 hours, but I won't be disappointed if its longer than 45 minutes.
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