Newbie seeks ride-on mower recommendation
I have a place that has a small apple/pear orchard - about 1/2 acre with 28 trees. Mostly flat, but on two levels with a short slope of about 20-25 degrees up to the higher level. Gophers have made it a bit rough right now but I'm working on getting it more level. Previous mower was an old Craftsman - a Sears guy came out (2 weeks after call) and said repairs would cost more than the machine is worth. I'd like something that will get around the trees/rainbirds fairly easily and has a bit of climbing power. Durability and ease of maintenance are key factors for me - I'm about 1 hour from the nearest city (San Bernardino-Riverside County, CA). And I want something that has repair service available if I need to take it somewhere. I'd like something in the $3000 range or less if possible. I'd go a bit higher if that's where things get "real". I would probably rather NOT get used equipment, unless it was from a dealer who had serviced it. Appreciate any recommendations.