When we first started 4yrs. ago we purchased a 44" Toro and a 48" exmark metro, thought these mowers was the best machines ever made that all changed last month, when i purchased a 52" Ferris ZTR this machine speaks for itself 1.Price (exmark 52" 19hp eng. $7076, Ferris 52" 23 hp eng. $5600), 2.this thing stripes and cuts way better than exmark without the mulching blades. Purchasing 61" is 3000 today (Ferris ZTR with four wheel independent suspension), nothing compares to this machine. 25hp air cooled for $8500. 0hrs. straight out the box.