So...we have always used Exmarks. Liked them as much as one can be loyal/fanatic about their equipment. THEN, there is this ginormous industrial account that we maintain that my guys hate. It takes over 4-5 hours for 4 guys to complete. It has an open field that must be moonlighting as a mole farm and it has wash-out that makes the poor sap mowing it toss his cookies. We rarely look forward to doing this property. Then, one of my friends (who works as a salesman for John Deere) says, "I know that you think Exmark is the best thing since sliced peanut butter, but why don't you just try our JD 797 72inch 29hp DFI mower on your toughest job for kicks?" We went to the job we " loved " and put that mower on the worst part. We got the entire job done in around 2 hours (A RECORD) and that mower FLIES! AND it cuts! I have Exmarks and I must say, I think I slowly converting to the green side.... Anyone else impressed like this? I love my Exmarks...always have, always will. BUT I am, dare I say it, THINKING about a Deere??? I would NEVER by a mower because of its color and I must say that if I pull the trigger on this mower, I can still make that claim!