1 Year and 400 hours later. I just want to give Exmark Due Praise. I purchased a 50" Lazer Z AS with a 28hp Vt win Kawi about a year ago. After having a very bad experience with the previous brand mower which I will not name in this post but you can research my old threads and you will figure it out), I purchased this Exmark. I was absolutely pleased with it when I first starting using it. I can truly say here without any hesitation that I am still totally tickled with this mower every day. It has NEVER let me down to date. It is as solid as the day I bought it. The deck linkage is still tight. The spindles have absolutely no play in them. It cranks right up. It does not use any oil. NO leaks. People tried to tell me that the last brand of mower I owned was a tank. But after 1 year of use, It leaked hydro fluid like crazy, burned oil. The Spindles had to be replaced. The deck was flimsy and made me feel as though it could fall off at any time. The list goes on. That un-named brand mower left me stranded many times in the 2+ years that I was stuck with it. EXMARK IS THE TANK. There is an absolute winner between Exmark and the other brand and that winner is EXMARK by a mile. >>>> This is all IMHO <<<<<< P.S. The Examrk still cuts as nice as the day I took it home from the dealer!