I've been seriously looking at getting a 52" Lazer hp. Today I went to a dealership that sells both Exmark and Hustler and was introduced to the Hustler Z. The dealer has two stores within a mile of each other. At one is Exmark and the other carries Hustler. A salesman quoted a price of $6650 for the Hustler Z with 52" deck and 23hp Kawasaki. A salesman at the other store quoted me $6300 for a Exmark Lazer HP with the same setup as the Hustler. I was very impressed with both machines handling and and operation. I've no doubt that few people have had serious experience on both machines, but I am open for suggestions.