I know there is a recent thread on stand-on/walk-behinds, but my question is a bit different... I now have a 36" Exmark Viking, but would like to add a 48" machine. I work solo, so the investment is large for me. My question is acceptance by the customer base. In my area, ZTR riders were rare two years ago, some in the area last season. The same is true with stand-on mowers - only Great Dane SS machines, no Wright machines. However, the stand-on mowers are now being bought by new LCOs, not an addition to existing fleet of w/b mowers. The same is true of ZTR riders, most are new LCOs. The problem is these new LCOs are doing a horrible job with ZTRs and stand-on mowers. The quality of work, and especially the turf tearing has not gone unnoticed by MY customers. Some have asked me about "those funny looking mowers" as they have become more popular. Their next comment is something like, "I sure hope you never show up with one of those to cut my grass." In short, the pr problem is huge. If the ZTRs and stand-ons were being added to the equipment list of an existing LCO, they were better equipped to adapt to these mowers. However, since these mowers are in the hands of those who never knew how to mow grass to start with, they are turning the public opinion against them. These new LCOs are being productive in their mind by starting with a more productive machine, but lack the know-how of doing a good mowing job, regardless of mower. I can explain to my customer over and over about operator control, e.g. no reason for torn turf, no reason for all the clumping, no reason for all the wandering mower patterns, no reason for the rows of clippings, etc. However, in the eyes of my customer, "those mowers are no good." I'm concerned that if I buy a stand-on, I will be asked to leave. Now, I'm inclined to buy another Exmark w/b, eliminating a stand-on from consideration -- just for the reasons stated. Anybody else have this situation? Thanks.