Sounds like you looked at the good stuff which is the only way to go, IMO. I hear nothing but good about Yanmar diesels. And the front end loader is always handy and a big back saver when moving dirt, firewood, and more. I ALWAYS liked a pto mower better than a belly mower with belt drive. Just me. But my 1998 JD GT262 with belly mower has been running a long long time and continues to do so. If I ever upgraded my acreage size, I would buy one of those you looked at for sure. Spend the money, enjoy, and don't look back. Life is too short.