I am mostly a lurking sometimes poster but after reading a lot of posts and some investigation my thoughts on the debate of which is the best ZTR mower is as follows.( the major brands such as eXmark hustler scag dixie and maybe great dane ( big maybe) They or most use the same engine manufactures so engine wise this shouldnt be a issue and most use the same parts such as pullys ect so i would think they are all going to fail once in a while ( even cars fail too ) on any given machine . The only part that is made seperate is the frame i am guessing so is one frame better than the other who knows ? i havent heard to many people complain that their frame broke . Iam guessing alot of people chose a machine for the dealer support and a lot of hear say. I had someone tell me one time the biggest lier in the world is a saleman whether it be car , shoe or mower saleperson and they tell you what you want to hear ......... how great their mowers are how much better it is than brand x probally a bunch of bull if truth be know i think with what we put them thru they all must be pretty good machines . If i could have my way i have one of each . Well i will quit rambling but its just my 2 cents for what ever its worth . My only question is what price range is the scag wildcat going to be in . I just got the new catolog in mail today and kinda got me curious ?