I know, they're not built like Exmark, Scag, etc. Not everyone needs a mower to run 40 hours a week, so there's no need of spending $6-7k on a top of the line ZTR. We're talking about a mower to be used in the area of maybe 5 hours/week. I stopped by a local dealer yesterday and seems to be pretty impressed with the Ariens Zoom ZTR's, which are between $2500-$3500. The Ariens has some nice features like a fabricated deck, unlike what you might expect out of a cheap ZTR. From searching this site, I also came across discussions of the Husqvarna ZTR's that would be at a similar pricing point. Toro TimeCutters appear to be in the same range, but their deck looks like a cheap toy compared to Ariens. I was wondering if anyone could give an opinion of who might be using either as I'm hoping to get something in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for any input you can provide.