Equipment buyers/owner operators beware! Scag's Turf Runner, (now cleverly marketed as Cougar) is an absolute lemon. These products DO NOT deserve any recognition or respect as a reliable, tough commercial machine, and MetalCraft of Mayville, Scag's parent company know that as well, and so do the distributors and perhaps some dealers. From design to pratical application this machine is fatally flawed. Take it from someone who has been there, and dozens of other owners I have spoken with regarding the SAME EXACT PROBLEMS. I paid 8,000 for mine, and put 4,000 in repairs, down time,headaches,lost profit.etc. I feel almost lucky to have gotten nearly 300 hours out of this machine, and these were careful hours. I am now putting in my fourth gear box ,which incidentally has been re-engineered three times by SCAG. And don't ever believe that slick ad campaign about customer service being of paramount importance to this company. That is just not true. They KNOW they have a bad product in this one, yet they continue to perpetuate this fraud and make believe it will go away if they keep changing the name or play up some minor design changes, and not respond to customer complaints. Save yourself some headaches, stay away.