I need a 36" mower in addition to my 2 dixie choppers. I only want hydro, no belt drives. I tested a trimstar 36" the other day, those controls are awesome! I don't have much experience with the exmarks, but have heard mixed comments. The Quick 36 is a possibility, but I have just never seen one [hard to buy something sight unseen; and with the single hydro, I'm worried about scalping (I do realize it is a fixed deck)]. My dealer quoted me $3995 on the trimstar and $4900 on the tthp. And the Quick 36 is $2595 with the Kawasaki engint. Am also considering the Scag SWZ 36" but am unsure of the price on one of those. Price is not really the issue, just want the best mower. I will not be using a sulke, and this will be used primarily on 1/2 acre yards with some ditch mowing (and on a lot of places that the dixies won't fit into).