I had owned Toro, Exmark, Scag, Hustler, and Kubota. I have owned 3 Toro Zmaster (500 series) and currently own a Zmaster Diesel (500 series of course). You will not be disappointed with Toro quality or pricing, I can almost guarantee you. I have not met a single person around here who has not been pleased with Toro. The 500 series Toro are great mowers, as I said I have owned a variety of mowers and always find my way back to Toro. I really like to "test" new/different brands of mowers and that is why I have owned a variety of brands. I have yet to find a mower that has the same match of quality and value as the Toro. I would strongly suggest getting the TurboForce deck, this is the only deck I have owned on my Toro. I have heard some negatives about the "non turboforce" 7 gauge deck, so I would definitely get the TurboForce. As far as that pricing, that sounds like a very good price. At least better then anything around here, that is for sure. I would not go with an engine smaller than a 27hp Kohler on a 60" deck and as stated before absolutely get the TurboForce deck. Back in 2007 I got a 2006 Toro 52" w/ TurboForce deck and 27hp Kohler engine for $6800 (from a dealer that had problems with Toro headquarters and was discontinuing carrying Toro), and I was told that I got it for about $200 more than what they had bought it for directly from the manufacturer. Also, keep in mind that that was back in 2007 so there has been a bit of inflation since then. If you have any other questions you can shoot me a PM as I am pretty familiar with Toro 500 series mowers.