I bought the 60" $7000 model with the Briggs 26hp engine, and last week was my first week with it. So far I'm mostly satisfied with it. Controls are very precise, speed is good, cutting performance is good at high speed (for now.) It's not perfect though. They've got some innovations on this thing. One is in how the mowing height is adjusted. You just turn a dial and lower the deck. The height can be changed very quickly and easily. But if I raise the deck to go over an obstacle and lower it, that dial can turn without my knowledge and then the height can be higher or lower than what you think it is. Also, I have set the dial for a certain height, lowered the deck and commenced mowing, only to later realize that the dial turned before I had the deck all the way down! It's a nifty way to adjust the mowing height, but not perfected yet. Plus, that pedal to lower the deck is in a bad position for anybody who has long legs. And my deck height was not "synchronized." So if the dial says 3 inches, it's not really 3 inches. That annoys me. Those guys at the factory or distributor or wherever should have made sure it was right and not leave it up to me to fix it. Grr! (It was delivered assembled.) The brakes are connected to the drive levers. I like that. It's difficult to get the blades off compared to my Lesco Z2. Geez! It blows out grass fantastically with that big discharge area. That is why I bought it. So far, I like the extra speed and it is cutting well.