Over the past year I have been enlightened on how your lot affects the type of mower you need. It's not just about the size of the lot. My 3.3 acre lot has about 10 huge pines as well as some other varieties. With my larger Bad Boy mower I don't have to worry about pine cones or sticks. I still use the little Deere lawn tractor that I have on the front lawn when there are two of us mowing but it is not very handy under those trees. The stuff that I can hit with the Bad Boy that is effortlessly chewed up would destroy the deck on my Deere in no time.