Looking over past threads concerning Encore equipment, they really took a beating from everybody. I've personally heard lawn professionals swear by every brand out there, but I want some solid evidence of good brands and low-cost maintance mowers. What do you all think about? The new Encore Prowler has one of the best articulating decks and has a driveshaft driving the blades for a better power transfer. The stance of the mower is very wide and the frame durable. This year, they have a 2 year parts and labor warranty (both for two full years). The owner and founder of Encore co-founded Exmark back in 1982 and was involved in engineering Kees' first commercial mower. I can get one for $7000, but I'm not sure about it. I could use your advice.