Yeah I'd like to get a small stander but can't justify $10k+ on one especially when I don't have any very large lawns. For $1500 I do highly recommend the timemaster though. I use it about 50% of the time and on those larger lawns it comes into it's own and does save 30-40% mowing time over the Honda HRX.
A couple of points about it though:
1. It does not mulch wet grass at all, even slightly damp it will easily clog the deck.
2. It struggles to mulch in thick/long grass more so than the Honda, although the side discharge works brilliant and cuts anything down, just obviously leaves a mess.
3. The two idler pulleys that come stock are absolute junk, both mine failed after 15 hours or so. You HAVE to upgrade to the improved pulleys (used on the turfmaster) which are far sturdier and I have no issues with. You can buy the upgrade kit for around $US100 or what I did complain to toro and got the dealer to replace for free, although I was waiting like 5 weeks for them to arrive.
4. I've read reports that the transmission is not overly durable, but they are only around $US100 to replace. No problems with mine so far.
I only have about 40 hours on mine so still early days but so far, apart from the pulleys, it has been a great buy and time saver. As I mentioned above if you are using it on dry regular lawns it does a great job and with the cut quality and mulching on par with the HRX, just don't expect it to mulch anything wet or thick.
Oh and the personal pace works really nice and the mower itself manouvers well considering it's size.