I know most of us are somewhat brand loyal, or some can ONLY buy what is local to them. Aside from that, has anyone test drove a newer Ferris suspension ZTR mower and "not" liked it? Why would you make a future purchase of a zero turn machine if it was similarly priced and yet lacked suspension features found on the Ferris mowers? Ive been on a few different 2006-2007 models. All were similar in ride quality to my 1000z 05 Ferris mower. I guess most of us don't know what were missing until we try one out My is1500z mower i got last month by far is the most easy going on the back and rest of the body. I get off that and get onto my 1000z and hit a descently bumpy lawn, and i almost curse myself out ready to trade back in a machine that only has 160hrs on it, but was just paid off. Ferris does free demos where you can take the machine for a day and try it for yourself/company. I know theres plenty of good brands out there, but the quality of ride compared to a non suspension machine is like saying you love your John Deere Zero turn so much that you were willing to pay $8,000 even though it had a 12hp motor and 30" deck even though there were models with retractible decks that could cut 30" wide or 80" wide for the same exact price. Unless some other brands were to come out with full 4 wheel suspension, i cant see ever buying another brand zero turn. Two months ago, i would still be willing to look at several other brands for future machines.