First off I want to thank everyone on this site for all the useful information I have learned. Im an information freak that likes to know everything about everything and this is a great site for doing that. Recently I purchased a Turf Tiger with a liquid cooled Kawasaki (27hp) and a 61 in deck and I wanted to give my initial review (~40 hours) about the machine for people looking to make a purchase before years end (for tax reasons or good prices?). When I was looking I was in a bit of a hurry because I wanted to use it to help with leaves in the fall. For that reason I only really concentrated on Exmark and Scag mowers that both had dealers in town. I have had very good luck with my Scag walkbehind which was bought in the early 90s. It probably has over 1700 hours on it and it is still running strong, well the motor is getting weak. During this time I have run the piss out of it and only grease the fittings every 15-30 hours. The parts on it still run like new. I have also hit some very hard objects with my blades stopping the mower in a fraction of a second and bending the ?5/8 in? bolt that runs through the spindle. After replacing the bolt ~$3 the spindle still worked like new. Needless to say I have been very happy with Scag. At the same time I do not like the Scag dealer we have in town and I always shop at the exmark dealer for all my parts- blower, trimmer, belts, blades, etc. so I was torn between the two companies when deciding on a new mower. First off I do not use my mowers nearly as much as most of you do. This is my part time job and I will probably only put around 3-400 hours on the TT a year. This means I will probably be using this mower for the next 10 years so I wanted to make the right decision. I used both machines and found the cut quality and ride to be about the same on both machines. I believe that all new mowers from the large companies are about the same now as far as cut quality and ride. These people that drive past someone cutting with a certain brand and they write it off when they see the results are crazy in my opinion. They could have been using bad technique or had blades that are 100 hours old that have never been sharpened. Because I believe that the cut quality is similar I started looking at the individual parts that make up the mower. I tried mulching the leaves this year so I wanted to make sure the deck could have a good mulching kit put on. I like the baffles made by scag better because they have diamond shaped devices that actually push the cut grass back down to the blades to be mulched again. This is a much better system then exmark in my opinion because with the exmark the clippings tend to build up in the top of the deck and then come down in clumps. I was dead set on buying a motor with a liquid cooled Kawasaki engine. It runs smoother and quieter and will probably last longer as well. For that reason I was comparing the LC exmark vs the LC turf tiger. They actually both weigh about the same with the scag being slightly heaver. These are the things I found: The scag has 16cc motors the exmark had 10cc. The scag has one large gas tank the exmark has two smaller ones. This means only one to fill and I never have to worry about switching gas tanks while Im mowing. The center of gravity is lower on the scag which makes it better on the hills. The engine is out in the open on the scag which makes maintenance a lot faster as less frustrating for me. I like my parts to remain cool so I really like the hydro cooler on the turf tiger. Exmark gets away without one because they use synthetic oil. Im going to switch over to the synthetic when I change the hydro oil which will give me a bullet proof drive system. This statement is going to strike some cords but I REALLY do like that the turf tiger has a lot of grease fittings. Think to yourself how far trucks have come in past 20 years. They are trying to make trucks as maintenance free as possible. However they still have a lot of grease zerts on the drive system. Cars can get away without them for quite a while but I want a mower that will last like a ford 250 not a Chevy Caviler. The only problem I had with my mower was a defective spring on the drive system. It looked different than all the other springs so Im sure the wrong/defective part was put on at the factory. I had a new spring from my dealer that same day, the spring looked completely different. I have had no other problems whatsoever. Time will tell but I do not foresee any other problems for a long, long time. Everyone used to complain that the scag was priced much higher than the exmark, and with the heavy duty parts it has on it I think it should. However this is not the case. I found the scag was $600 dollars cheaper than the LC exmark with the 60 inch deck. I hope this review has not been too long and has helped a few people that are having the same problem deciding as I did a couple months ago.