I've owned a John Deere lawn tractor for 12 years w/ no problems or hassles. I have 2-3 acres of grass/clover to cut weekly. Oddly enough, my JD dealer also sells eXmark Lazers. I've begun researching them and see that they're commonly compared with Hustlers and Snappers. For those of you looking at or owning a Lazer CT, did you even consider the Deere 717A or 727A? Is a FPM blade tip speed variance of 18,500 vs 16,500 noticeable? How much did the 2001 recall of the Lazer HP influence your decision? I know the CT is a new model, but? If the eXmark wasn't sitting at my JD dealer I wouldn't know of them. Is he selling Chevy and GMC? Thanks for your input. With the amount of money we're all spending, we want at least 12 hassle free years.