Finally picked up my new mower on Wednesday. A 2001 Lazer 60" with a 27hp Kawasaki V-twin. WOW what a machine. This thing is VERY well engineered. Not to down Dixie Choppers (previous machine), but, there is just no comparison. All welds on the Lazer are smooth, none of the sloppy, rough type welds like on the Dixie's. The dampened sticks are much easier to use than I thought. The only things wrong so far are...The throttle control lever is too loose, it will not stay at full throttle (slides up to about 3/4) I know how to fix, but, dealer will fix for free tomorrow. And the only other thing is the rougher ride! I only have the standard seat. It bucks you up and down so hard that my calf hit the PTO switch off! I really like the power and quietness of this machine. The cut is definately better. I haven't got the Lazer to scalp or gouge anywhere. Plus I can trim close on the discharge side. Also pull right up to a tree between the casters, and its very close. The 1/4" cut height adjustments are teriffic. No more 5/8" front pitch only, deck lifts! Like I said, the Dixie served me very well for 3 seasons, and was relatively trouble free, however, the well laid out planning and engineering of the Lazer is incomparable. I do miss the 15mph on the Dixie, but 10mph is as close as it gets. The Lazer has 18 grease fittings vs. Dixies 12. This with the Lazers sealed non greasable spindles, caster, and wheel bearings. Anyone buying a machine that has narrowed it down to Dixie and Lazer, go with the Lazer with the new 27LC Kawi and a 60" or 72" deck. Just look them over real good and you can see a difference.