I used to work for a guy that only ran a 48" vantage, and push mowers. That thing was unstoppable. I dont know as much about the deere, as my dealer never brings one is till its sold (grrr) but that seems like a price worth trying. I imagine you could always get parts for it quick too if it came to that. But I come from Peoria, about two hours from john deere production plants and Im surrounded by deelers as this is all farmland. And still nobody around here uses a deere commercially. I feel like that says something....