i have used a scag TT and STT with a 27 liquid cooled kaw on it and they are very nice mowers. had plenty of power, hillside stability and good ride and cut. but that engine was very thirsty as i remember.
never owned one, but rode on both many times when we were having issues with our older model kubotas with the tranny issues.
i have to agree with you on this one buddy.
all is fair in love and grass!
Man, it smells like sheet, do you smell that!!