I think the looks affect my purchase a little bit but it has more to do with the cut and reliability of the machine.
For example, I like the way the front of the decks look on the exmark vikings. The location in which the anti scalp wheels seems placed very logically to help balance things out. My older bobcat hydro had that as well. The new bobcat hydro fixed deck mowers (52" deck) only have 1 anti scalp wheel and the placement seems a little odd. I think it needs another on the other side to balance out both the look and help with functionality. Might sound stupid but thats what I think..........
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