I did read the previous Ferris v. eXmark thread, but that was specific to hydros, and I just can't go that route right now... So, I think I've finally narrowed down my search to these two machines: 48" Metro Dealer quote $2899, list $3299, will throw in Gators (eXmark version), oil filter, belt, and upgrade to ECS controls. and 48" UltraBelt GD Dealer quote $2899, no mention of list price, no freebies. Financing is the same on both, dealer support appears to be relatively equal, though maybe leaning a bit toward Ferris. So, any thoughts on which is the better deal? (Seems kinda obvious on the surface.) Are there any significant differences in the cut quality, striping, or serviceability? Each dealer obviously favors what he sells; as I am new to this, I haven't a clue which is better. Is the ECS that much better of a control setup, or is it more of a gimmick? (I'm only going at this as a small part-timer right now, doing 1/2 acre residentual lots.) Will scalping be a real issue with the fixed 48" decks? Thanks again for the input.