So I am in the market for a new ZTR. Right now my options are a Scag Turf Tiger with 52 inch deck and 27 HP Kohler or a Next Lazer Z from Exmark with a 52inch deck and 23 HP Kawasaki. Im not real sure of the new Exmark design, but I am familiar with their cutting deck and think they leave a awesome cut plus I think Kawasaki makes a hell of a engine. I like the Scags. They seem to be built like tanks, and from what I have seen on here they hold a hill better then Exmarks. Plus Scag offers a much lower financing rate. But Im not to sure about the 27 HP Kohler. I appreciate the extra power, but out of all my past equipment the one with the most troublesome motor was the Kohler powered one. Of couse it could of been a 1 off. Im also not to sure about the shaft driven deck opposed to Exmarks simpler belt drive. One of the biggest factors is what price range am I looking at for the mowers I described? As far as dealer support goes the Exmark dealer is much more established and larger, but that seems to mean piss all as our biggest local dealer who I bought the majority of my past equipment from went belly up in the last year.