I take care of my parents place. I went back to work full time, so I don't have the 6 to 8 hours that I used to spend there to take care of 6 - 8 acres of lawn. I mow around the house, barns and gazebo. They have a Cub Cadet with a 25 hp engine and a 50 inch deck. It's ok. It just stopped last month without warning. I had no time, so I pushed it into the barn and got the back up GT5000 and finished. I have used the GT5000 since then. Not having time until yesterday to look at the Cub, I had made arrangements to buy an older GT6000. It looked ok in the photographs. It was just as nice when I rolled up with the truck and trailer. I got it to my parents and gave it a good look over. Oil had been recently changed, air filter was pretty clean and battery was good. I used it to mow a half acre and it was good. The blades are as dull as flat paint, but that will be easy to take care of. The only hitch was the mower belt came off once. Putting it back on revealed no damage and it was fine after that.
A back up for the back up? You bet. You can never have enough GTs. My only "complaint" about the GT6000 is you can see that the 18 hp might be a bit under powered compared to the GT5000 and it's 25 hp. Having said that, it did a nice job and has apparently done a good job for the previous owner. I am the second owner and will not be asking too much of it.