I've looked at Toro, eXmark, Deere, & Scag. It's really down to the Deere & Scag. The JD has a 25 hp Kohler EFI, 54" deck & is $8600. The scag is a 52" with 22.5 hp Kawasaki and is $8,300. The JD is freakin HUGE compared to the tiger cat. I'm not sure if that's going to be a problem for me or not , but I do like the compactness of the scag. Im 6'6" 270 and the deere is more comfortable for big guy. I'd have to buy long lap bars for the scag, at a cost of around $200, to be able to fit. I think these are both quality machines, but I've had a thing for Scag. However , the dealer is about 40 mins away. What do you guys think?