Hi, I've been looking at the following models and so far my preference is the Kubota ZG227 with the Toro G3 coming in at a close second. - Kubota ZG227 w/54" deck - Toro G3 w/52" deck - Scag Wildcat w/52" deck - Toro Z400 w/52" deck - John Deere Z520A w/54" deck - Cub Cadet Recon w/??" deck (not sure of true size choices for deck) The few things I really like about the Kubota are the shaft driven deck and hydraulic lift for the deck. In Toro's favor I like the bagging options. The only real choice I saw for bagging on the Kubota was a 2 bag deal (looks like the exhaust prohibits a 3rd (middle) bag? We're trying to keep the price between 7 and 8 thousand $. So far I'm not sure of the Toro G3 cost but I got a price of around $7600 for the Toro Z400. At this point the Kubota seems to beat the Toro in features and price. Kubota makes their own engine and slaps on the 27HP engine for the ZG227. I'm still more than open to suggestions and willing to keep an open mind about this but at the moment I really like the Kubota. But I also really like the Toro G3 (don't know the price yet though). Can you please give me some advantages and disadvantages of these models if you have personal experience with them? Not just Toro and Kubota, but all of them I have listed. I started out liking the Scag until I went to the dealer that sold Kubota and Scag side by side. The Scag was several hundred more than the Kubota and the Kubota seems to have more features I like and appears to be equally well built. I liked the Cub Cadet but haven't researched that one very much. I'd like to keep the deck size between 50 and 54 inches. I have a lot of hills to mow as well. Traction, transmission strength (not loosing lots of speed going up hills due to weak tranny), engine power and ability to cut somewhat tall/wet grass are what's important to me. I'd also like some good ballpark MSRP prices on these models if I didn't already list what I found. Thanks for your input!