When I recently heard that Ariens Co. had decided to phase out the Everride mower it only confirmed what I knew would happen three years ago when they acquired them. Even after speaking to an Ariens rep @ their headquarters I was not convinced, this was just another take over to eliminate an up and coming brand that threatened the market share and Ariens got the patent rights to the stand on mower, which was their end game all along. I began my business in 2005 with two new Everride Warriors when it was still Auburn Consolidated Industries. I still have the original mowers and use them daily. They have been the most reliable equipment Ive owned, and until I heard the news was making plans to replace them with two new Everrides. What sold me on them is their simplistic design, ease of maintenance, and low operating cost. Additionally, you cant beat the design of the pivoting front axle for a smooth, clean, cut over uneven terrain and hills as we have plenty of here in SW Missouri. I suppose I will give my mowers a thorough going over this fall and replace or purchase those parts that are key to their operation so I can keep them going. I just don't know what I would replace them with at this point.