Now that I have two small children (8 weeks and 2 1/2 years) time is quite precious. I've been spending about four hours doing the lawn care around our property, but that's no longer going to fly with the Mrs (nor do I want to spend that much time mowing when I could be swimming with the kiddies!).
I don't want to spend over $2k if possible. I have about one acre cleared right now, but may expand to two acres down the road. Tasks will be mostly cutting grass, but will also use it to haul a trailer for wood stacking, moving landscape materials, etc.
I've used JD and Husqvarna in the past... just not sure if those are the only decent choices. I have my friends 48" Husqie right now... and it sort of seems like overkill.
EDIT: I should add that while my land is fairly level, it does have a few dips and hills.