I am somewhat in the market for a new Lazer. Last Fall I was quoted $7200 for a new 60" Lazer with a 25 Kohler. The 26hp ESP Lazer was $8700. Yeah, I like the seat on the ESP and I put the Heavy Duty Nelson filter system on my 25 hp on my Kees, so it is clearly worth $150. But as far as bang for the buck goes the 60" 25hp is difficult to pass up at 1500 bucks less. My Kees is pretty much the same mower and I have yet to run into any problems with the Kohler. Tell me this is the way to go or talk me into the ESP. It will be a replacement for a Grasshopper not the Kees.