My son and I took the plunge and bought the Exmark XS 60". Some machine!! The seat alone is unbelievable. That with the Exmark AS 60" should keep us cranking thoughout the season. Also, we picked up a Redmax 8000 blower and 2600 trimmer to complement the other equipment. The financing of the Exmark is great. No payment or interest till 1/06. OPM (other people's money). The only thing we need now is GREEN GRASS. We are suppose to get a minimum of 6" of snow. Still can make green out of the white.