I want to see what people think about the difference between the Exmark HP and the new Ferris IS 1500z. I see very few Ferris' used down here in Atlanta, but that's probably just because there aren't many dealers here. I just assumed the Exmark was better since people really seem to like them and they're very popular with people around here, but when I compared the two side by side, I like the Ferris better and it's about $1000 less. Here are my findings: + Ferris: Active suspension + Ferris: Cooling fans on pumps + Ferris: Maintainable, greaseable spindles + Ferris: Easier height adjustment setup + Ferris: Speed (10 mph vs. 8.1 for 44") + Ferris: $1000 less for 44" model + Exmark: More dealers to support it + Exmark: ROPS included + Exmark: Bigger gas tank (11.5 vs. 6 gallons) + Exmark: Slightly bigger tires (23" vs 22") Draw: Same Kawasaki engine Draw: Both have canister air filtration system Draw: Similar deck configuration and strength From what I see, Ferris comes out ahead even w/o the price difference. When factoring the price ($5200 vs $6200), the answer seems clear. What are your opinions?