Toro Grandstand is one of those mowers I too have hear alot of very mixed things on. So many differences between this year did that and last year did this. I too, am a huge eXmark guy. Run my 25 yards with my single 36" metro belt w/ kawasaki. Love that mower but here soon I want to get a 48"+ stander or ztr lazer. If it were me I would spend the extra 4 on the eXmark.