I am preparing to purchase my first commercial mower shortly. I am looking at the Ferris IS 3000z 61", the IS 1000z 52", 1000Z 48", and the Pro Cut 20 61". I feel that my toughest decision is deciding wheather to go with the Z or the outfront. I know that each has it advantages. Right now I just mow part-time to keep busy, but hope to expand a little in the coming months and years. I like the idea of the compact 48" because I need to get in and out of a lot of tight places. I like the speed of the Z's over the 20, but I am told the the qaulity of cut is better on the 20 and that it will hold up better. I thought about a walk behind but right now my problem is that I currently don't have a lot of time to mow. There is also a Scag dealer nearby, how does Scag compare with Ferris? Should I demo them too? Both dealers are very close, only several miles so I would be able to have fast turnaround on repairs. Exmark is about twenty miles away. As far as prices, I am looking at $8000 for the 3000, $7000 for the IS 1000, and $6200 for the Pro Cut 20. I could also get the 1000z 48" for $5999, but this doesn't have the IS suspension. I hope to demo the Ferris machines shortly, what should I be looking for? Any help, info, or advice on this would be great!