From time to time a lot of people bash Great Dane on this site. I can't speak concerning the stand on units, or the walk-behinds, but I can give you a real world review concerning the Chariot model. For 2 years I have owned and operated a 23 HP Kawasaki powered 52" Chariot. Frankly I Love It. I have racked up almost 1000 hours on the unit. It is tough, heavily built, dependable, simple in design and construction, and has a great cut quality. I use all of my equipment, but don't abuse it, nor do I let my employees abuse it. My preventative maintenance routine is rigorous. I run only Castrol synthetic blend, and change the oil, oil filters, and air filters every 25 hours of operation. I have averaged 250 hours on the belts, and sharpen the blades regularly. The spindles are greased with AMSOL synthetic grease at the end of every work day after the equipment is blown off and then washed if there is mud the blowers do get off the machines. Being happy with the Dane, earlier this week I purchased a 25 HP Kawasaki powered 61" Chariot, because of getting some contracts for large HOA common areas. We used it today on one of the properties in conjunction with the 52", and the new Dane is just like my old one. I love these Big Yellow Dogs. As long as Auburn doen't mess with the design of the Danes I will be a loyal customer for a long time to come. Now for you fellows who want nice amenities like cup holders, cell phone chargers, nifty pockets and holders your out of luck. The Danes are designed to work, period. These ZTR's are not Cadillacs they are work horses. The kicker is they are very reasonably priced, and you get alot for your money. The whole deck is 7 gauge, heavy spindles, heavy framed, engines from Kawasaki and Kohler (I'm partial to the Kawasaki's because I started with them, and they have never let me down). I like the between the legs control. I have used units with the over the lap and my shoulders hurt after some long hours. With the seat positioned correctly you can keep your elbows on the arm rest and relax while cutting. I have a bagger unit ordered, and look forward to it coming in. I did install a set of lights for when it gets dark before I am through cutting. I got the kit from Wal-Mart they are nothing more than halogen driving lights and work great. I installed them under the front frame, between the front wheels. If you have any questions e-mail me, and if you get a Dane I believe you will be very satisfied with it.