i have got to ask you guys something- i have had a scag belt driven 48 now for a good 5 years, no real problems or anything. most of the guys around here use only scags, some guys use bobcats, but you really dont see anyone with the exmarks, the dixie choppers, snappers, etc. mostly scags, couple walkers, a lot of lazer z's but even the guys that go with the z's use scag for their walk behinds. the lawnmower shop that i work for, they sell hundreds of scags a year, and only a few exmarks. i asked one of the guys which is better, this guy has been selling lawn mowers for 35 years and told me hands down the scags. i asked him why the exmarks are so popular and he said that they are cheaper and that is why. i have another friend who has a hyrdo walk behind with a floating deck (xmark) and he really wants to sell that and get behind a scag. so my question to you guys is why do you like exmark so much and at the same time hate the scags? i personally would never buy an exmark and will most likely stick to scags and walkers.