I'm on my second Lazer Z hp. I have the 48" deck version. I'm not sure why but their '03 design engineers have obviously never turned a wrench in their lives. The engineering is abysmal when it comes to the ability to service the mower efficiently. I just spent 3 hours changing the pump and deck belts, something I've done on the previous lazer and many other mowers over the last decade plus in far less time. For some reason, every single nut you have to reach on the machine is blocked by something else. It takes someone with a child's hands to reach the grease fittings for the idler arms. So, commonly, people don't do it and the belt wears prematurely. The spring on the idler arm of the deck is blocked by the battery. The nut on that arm is blocked by other objects. You have to remove 6 nuts on two shrouds just to get the belt off/on. You have to remove the clutch retainer bolt (reasonable) but also loosen the idler arm bolt to get the pump belt on/off. One of the pulleys underneath is so close to the frame that you have to strain and risk damaging the new belt to get it on the pulley. The room you need to apply leverage to the deck idler spring (very strong one) is blocked by the battery and the battery carrier. The carrier is WELDED to the frame, so you cannot remove it to get at the spring easier. I had the mower on a hoist. This means a deck or pump belt repair is virtually impossible in the field. I think Exmark has been a steady downward trend in terms of engineering. Their complete lack of innovation and imagination tells me they are arrogant and self satisfied with their current market share and huge profits. How many times have you seen other small companies come out with the really good ideas, while Exmark's "redesign" of their lazers a couple years ago was 95% cosmetic (oooooooo...a cupholder moulded in!) Ideas they didn't come up with, but if they would just get off their duffs, could use their quality control and resources to make better - Stander type mowers (license the technology, buy the company if you have to) - convertible mower (ztr to walk behind) - gate access mowers like Cub Cadet and Great dane. Cub's in particular is a mower I would buy TODAY but I want one with a better track record and resale - decks that convert quickly from mulch to discharge. I know it can be done and how. I hear JD has recently come out with this feature on some mowers. Even if it's not perfect, it beats having to buy and load an extra mower to discharge tall grass when you're set up to mulch. - gear drive walk behind with decent (t-bar) steering system. It's positively criminal that they purposely use an inferior system just so Toro can sell some otherwise inferior mowers. (I have two toros, btw). Go check ebay and see all the pistol grip and ECS belt drive Exmarks for sale if you doubt this. People starting out buy them and sell them fast. I want a simple mower than does what I need and has had at least some thought put into making maintenance easy. I don't have to service it often, it's reliable and cuts well, but if my belt had broken in the field today at the bottom of a hill it'd probably have to be disassembled and hauled out in pieces!