Ok, not much of an expert on the Exmark, but I have a buddy that runs them. The pioneer seems to be their answer to the tough homeowner built market. If you shop around a little you can be like him and get a laser as for $6700. It is a much heavier duty unit he said, he was gonna get the pioneer as a backup, but everyone told him he would tear it up as it was just built for a 2 acre yard, where the Laser is more commercial... He found a dealer with a left over unit that needed to move so he wouldn't have to pay interest...
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