Choosing a mower is a tough time consuming ordeal. There is no real adequate comparison between units. I mow only a few lawns less than 5 hours per week and do it for fun. I bought a used Tiger Cub and had a blast. I can't believe I've been using tractors all my life. I wasn't satisfied with a 5 year old 500 hour mower. I cleaned it up sold it and made a few bucks then went looking. I looked at the following units. Ferris 500 44" deck. $4900 8 mph, Briggs motor, smaller tires, wheel motors, ROPS. Add $599 for 52" ICD deck with striper. Ferris 1500 52" ICD deck $6499 10 mph with better cooling fans a Kawasaki motor, larger tires, folding ROPS and a Donaldson air cleaner. Ferris 2000 52" ICD $6999. 10 mph Bigger 25HP Kawasaki and a full independent suspension. Scag Tiger Cat 48" 10 mph, wheel motors, 19 HP Kawasaki, Folding ROPS. Around $7000. Less with a Briggs and no Donaldson. Dealer wanted $400 to add the suspension seat. Scag Freedom I just didn't like it. Briggs motor and no Donaldson. Different deck, fixed ROPS and transaxle. It was in the $5500 range. Hustler Fastrack. Kawasaki motor, 8 mph, ZT 3100 Transaxle, No ROPS, No Donaldson, Small tires. $5199 plus $200 for flex forks and $400 for suspension seat swap. Hustler Fastrack SD. As above except with a Donaldson air cleaner, larger tires and larger motor. Hustler Z4. Awesome machine. Had everything including suspension seat except for flex forks. 10 mph. $7499 plus $200 for flex forks. Exmark Laser Advantage 48" deck 2009 model, 20HP Briggs Vanguard. Unitized independent wheel motors (dealer claimed this is better). 10 mph and awesome cut. $6499 plus $400 for suspension seat. Dixie Chopper Silver Eagle 10 mph wheel motors and very quirky but kind of unique. $6599 plus $210 for springer forks and $400 for suspension seat. I looked at a Gizmower as well and a dealer on Ebay had a 10 mph leftover for $6500. ($9500 list) If I had any sidehills or ditches to mow it would have been number one. It will stop turn and go back up when others just slide. It is just a little too odd for what I need but is certainly an ideal mower in difficult situations. Honestly I should be using a Toro big box model or a Hustler sport or an Exmark Quest. I wanted a better mower and the Sport was just too small looking. I am 52, a little worn, 6'2" and 290 lbs. I would buy a Hustler Zeon just to be an early adopter but $6499 was the best price I got and it is basically a Sport at double the price. I was probably their target market mowing 1 acre or so and having disposable cash but it just wasn't as much fun too drive as the fast commercial models. It was quiet but there is not that big a difference when the blades are on. You still need ear protection. I liked driving the Z4 the best from a smooth controls standpoint. The Exmark and Ferris were also very responsive, The Ferris was almost too responsive. It would jerk if you weren't smooth. The Scag and the Dixie were sort of crude. They all mowed manicured lawns well. I will never cut when wet anyway. The Exmark did seem to have an edge on a perfect cut but the Ferris ICD, Hustler, and Scag were all a close second. The Z4 was $700 more when well equipped and still did not have the striping kit other wise I would have bought it based on the high regard Hustler receives on this site. If it had come in a 48" or 52" I might have bought the Super Z for 10K because it was certainly a riot to drive. The Ferris IS 2000 is an awesome machine for the money. I love everything about it. The 2000 has a better ride by far than anything else I tested. It can only take the edge off not make a rouch field like mowing on a cloud. It was simply the most fun and only exceed my original budget by $1000. The new ICD deck seems to be like a Scag deck mows incredibly well and includes the striping kit for free. I had wanted a 48" deck but it is not available in the new ICD style yet. The unit has large cooling fans and seems very well built. I don't need the suspension but was really impressed. I knew I wanted at least a suspension seat after mowing with the Tiger Cub. I wanted a Donaldson because I appreciate the way they protect the engine and have added them to other off road toys. To me, the best value by far was the Ferris IS 500 with the 52" deck and wheel motors for $5499. It met my needs but the 2000 suspension was a big upgrade and I would not have been able to get the fixed ROPS in my shed. I would expect any of these mowers to last forever mowing manicured lawns as I am and I just do it for fun. The Ferris warranty was not as good but I did not have a big concern. Thanks for all the help and info on this site. I tend to over analyze these types of purchases but it was also great fun reading the site and comparing the comments with my own observations. What I also learned is that pricing is very dependent on the dealer. What they have in stock, whether he has leftover units. List price means little with these mowers and you have to work hard and travel to get the best deal. The differential between dealers seems very large considering the small margins they claim. It also seems that better deals are to be had when you find a dealer that trades and looks for closeout opportunities. Wish me luck.