I want a quality walk behind in the 30-32" range. I don't need commercial duty, but I do appreciate quality and can't stand junk. So I'll pay for something nice to have it forever. I have 1/2 acre with lots of turns and elevation changes. I've been reading about Toro/exmark 30, cub cadet (MTD), gravely, etc. I'm pretty lost. Any suggestions? $1000 is great, $2000 is tops.
I've been using the 30" Exmark since the start this season, commercial lawn service, cutting mostly back yards and small lawns, have about 65 hours on it so far. I love it! The 26" is no longer in production and had a LOT of mechanical issues. The time master is very similar, just cheaper engine and the personal pace handle. You would most likely want to put a set of the "commercial" blades on the time master. They are the same style blade just with more lift. Biggest complaint with the time masters was poor cut and that's almost 100% due to blades with almost no lift. The cut quality on my exmark is excellent.