A short while back I started a thread asking for reviews of the scag v-ride 61 as I was unable to find one around here to demo. I really wanted to get the feel for weight balance, traction, scalping, etc. before making the purchase, but have had trouble locating anything larger than a 52. I decided to look at other brands and found that some of the local dealers and reps were willing to loan out demo models (and a couple showroom units) for a side by side comparison for myself and one or two of my employees and peers. Looks like by next Friday the 22nd we'll have the chance to try the Gravely, Exmark, and Deere 60-61inch models on one of our larger properties. Still waiting to hear from the Toro and Wright reps whether they can supply full size machines but the smaller ones are easy to round up at least - a 52 is the only thing we can run from scag anyway. The Scag rep (good guy) found a 61 in a crate at a dealership within an hour from here that I may go look at if I can't nail down a favorite from among the others or if the 52 inch v ride somehow outshines the competition. It goes a long way in my book that some manufacturers are so accommodating to the end user and I plan to take some pics and notes on the differences and strengths of each individual model. Hopefully others that wind up in the position I did will have another source of info here before buying a machine sight unseen. It's a week early but I'll start listing out some specs and initial feeling as a reference point.